Career Support and Travel Grants

Career Support and Travel Grants

Applications now closed for Round 1, 2023

The Round 2, 2023 will open late February 2023 (subject to change)

 

The application timeline for 2023 round 1 of Career Support and Travel Grant are as follows:

Round Open: 19 September 2022

Cut off for consideration: 21 October 2022 CLOSED

Notification of Award: December 2022

Background

JDRF continues to support excellence in research and clinical care in the field of type 1 diabetes (T1D) through advancing the level and impact of T1D research in Australia.

JDRF is inviting applications for the Career Support and Travel Grant Round 1, 2023. The aim of the Career Support and Travel Grant are to support the next generation of T1D research and clinical care by enabling early to mid-career researchers and allied health professionals to gain new skills, exchange knowledge, and establish connections and collaborations. Applicants will be able to apply for support for the purpose of furthering their researcher expertise in the area of T1D and enhancing their career development. This grant allows researcher’s to:

 a) Participate in national and international scientific conferences and forums that are either held virtually or in person b) Visiting a laboratory to undertake training in order to learn a new skill and/or technique with a host institution or industry.

c) Participation in a short training course that  enhance the researchers career development in the areas of:

  • Research data management
  • Research management
  • Leadership and team management
  • Grant Writing
  • Effective networking & communication with academic and non-academic audiences
  • Media, social media and presentation training

Applicants are encouraged to consult JDRF if they seek support for a course that is outside of the aforementioned areas.

Please note: Oral presentations and travel incorporating lab visits or short training course will be considered as a higher priority for funding.

Impact due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 restricted travel and social distancing measures, JDRF Australia is allowing domestic and international travel however will monitor the situation closely.

Applications submitted must fit into one of the following 3 categories:

 

  • Early Stage Researcher Career Support and Travel Grant

 

This category is designed to support medical or science graduates in the early stages of their research career. Applicants in this category must be current PhD students, or not more than five years post-doctoral  from submission deadline. Applicants must be committed to the mission of JDRF find a cure and improve the lives of those with T1D:

Artificial pancreas; Complications; Metabolic control; Prevention; beta cell regeneration; beta cell replacement; Immunotherapies. Research outside these areas may be considered if they show a strong relevance to an unmet need in T1D research.

  • Mid-Career Researcher Career Support and Travel Grant

This category is designed to support mid-career medical or science researchers. Applicants in this category must be more than five years post-doctoral (as of the current Career Support and Travel Grant round deadline) and up to and not inclusive of an Associate Professor level with no other access to travel funding. Applicants must be committed to the mission of JDRF find cures, improve the lives of those with T1D,and need to demonstrate the relevance of their research in one of the following areas:

Artificial pancreas; Complications; Metabolic control; Prevention; Beta cell regeneration; Beta cell replacement; Immunotherapies. Research outside these areas may be considered if they show a strong relevance to an unmet need in T1D research.

  • Allied-Health/Nursing Career Support and Travel Grant

This category is designed to support allied-health or nursing professionals, or students enrolled in a post-graduate program, whose work/research will impact the lives of people with T1D, their carers, and families. The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to find a cure and improve the lives of those living with T1D.

The term ‘allied-health’ refers to health professionals usually considered part of the diabetes management team – i.e. diabetes educators, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, and podiatrists. In addition, other allied-health professionals who are considered relevant to the management of T1D, such as exercise physiologists, occupational therapists and pharmacists, will also be considered.

NB: Allied Health professions should apply under this category only, irrespective of whether they are undertaking basic and/or laboratory research.

Funding

  • Up to $1,000 for virtual conferences and short training courses
  • Up to $2,000 for domestic travel within Australia
  • Up to $4,000 for international travel

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Undertaking research and/or working in an area relevant to T1D
  • Affiliated with an Australian University or Institution
  • Currently residing in Australia
  • Either presenting at a meeting/conference, visiting a lab or participating in a short training course
  • Attending between 01 November 2022 and 30 April 2023
  • Engaged with Australian Diabetes research for more than 12 months, however if this does not apply, contact Serena Radano at travelgrants@jdrf.org.au to discuss.

Applicants must not:

  • Apply for two consecutive Career Support and Travel Grant rounds in any given calendar year

Selection Criteria

Applications will be peer-reviewed externally based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific Merit
  • Relevance of research and/or work
  • Applicant career experience and development trajectory

Application

Applications must be submitted by 5pm AEST/AEDT, Friday 21 October 2022 using the application form and structured in the following order:

  1. Details Summary – Please complete all fields within the application form.
  2. Lay Description 1- page limit. Description appropriate for a lay audience addressing the following questions:
    1. What is your research project?
    1. How will your research improve the lives of people with T1D?
    1. How will your travel or training assist your research?
    1. How will your travel or training assist with your career development?

NB: Short Training Course applicants need to clearly justify how the proposed training will advance their career development.

  • Evidence of Confirmation
    • Scientific meetings: this will include submitted abstract, invitation to present and copy of registration. If your abstract has not been accepted at time of application, please notify JDRF immediately upon receiving confirmation of acceptance.
    • Lab visits: confirmation from the institution hosting the visit
    • Short training courses: confirmation of course registration and acceptance

NB: If your application is successful, payment will not be made until confirmations detailed above is submitted to JDRF.

  • Curriculum Vitae4-page limit. Please limit all information provided to that requested within the application form.
  • Budget – (not to exceed $1,000 for virtual conferences, training and meetings and $2,000 if travel is within Australia) and details of any other sources for travel funds must be declared. If funds are received from other sources, please notify JDRF immediately.

Expenses eligible for support include any business-related travel expenses including conference registration, visas, economy-class airfare, airport & conference transfers reasonably priced accommodation and meals during the conference dates only.

  • Letter of support1-page limit. A letter of support from one supervisor commenting on your work, commitment to T1D research, and the scientific benefits of the travel.
  • Career Disruption (if applicable)1-page limit. A one-page detailed description regarding any career disruptions within the last 5 years, including dates, reason for disruption, Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of disruption and signed by the relevant head of school or department.
    • Appropriate career disruption includes parental leave, extended carer’s leave and any significant illness.  
  • Certification – Both the Applicant and their Institution’s Research Administration Office must complete and sign this section.
    • Scanned signatures and/or electronic signatures are acceptable.

JDRF may decline applications that do not meet any of the above requirements. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted without prior discussion with JDRF staff. For any further information, please email Serena Radano on travelgrants@jdrf.org.auor by phone (02) 8364 0243.

Reporting

If successful, applicants will be notified and will be sent a one-page report template that must be submitted to travelgrants@jdrf.org.au within 4 weeks after all travel has been completed. Failure to submit the report within the timeframe may affect the eligibility of future applications.