AIFA Grant Selection Process

The 2021 grant round will open on 15th March 2021 with Expressions of Interest due by 15th April 2021.
Medical research is an important as ever. 
AIFA awarded $110,000 to immunology and allergy research in 2020:
  • $40,000 - AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant
  • $30,000 - AIFA Allergy (other than food allergy) or Autoimmunity Research Grant
  • $15,000 - AIFA Primary Immunodeficiencies Clinical Research Grant (supported by CSL Behring)
  • $15,000 - AIFA Hereditary Angioedema Clinical Research Grant (supported by CSL Behring)
  • $10,000 - AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant (supported by DBV Technologies)
We are currently fundraising for 2021 grants. You can help by donating at
To be eligible for an AIFA grant the Chief Investigator must be a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). The research needs to be carried out by the Chief Investigator and designated team in a non-profit institution in Australia or New Zealand. Previously unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted. 

AIFA grants are selected through a robust selection process, involving assessment by an independent, voluntary panel of immunology experts. Their track record in selecting projects is outstanding, with three Chief Investigators awarded AIFA grants gong on to receive funding by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Grants are awarded on merit, with preference for early stage projects and early career researchers. Criteria for rating grant applications are: originality and scientific quality, significance of outcomes, research methodology, team quality and capability.

AIFA supports a range of projects, including innovative early stage research and early career researchers (working up to 5 years after completion of their PhD). This allows new research projects to get off the ground and provides an opportunity to leverage further funding.

For information on projects awarded AIFA grants in the last few years go to  

Once the AIFA Research Grant Expression of Interest (EOI) Form is received, the AIFA Grant Selection Panel will assess the EOIs to decide on a shortlist.  Project Chief Investigators on the short list will be invited to submit a Full Grant Application. The Selection Panel will review and decide on the successful grant applications and these will be announced in AIFA and ASCIA communications. The AIFA Project Officer will organise the signing of contracts with the relevant research organisation before the funds are transferred. 

docxResearch Grants Expression of Interest

docxAIFA Grant Application Form

pdfAIFA Grant Assessment Category Descriptors

docxAIFA Grant Final Report Form

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Content updated Dec 2020

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