Travel Grants

Travel Grants

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 type 1 diabetes research in Australia.

JDRF is inviting applications for the Travel Grant Round 1, 2021. The aim of the Travel Grant is to support the next generation of type 1 diabetes research and clinical care by enabling early to mid-career researchers and allied health professionals exchange knowledge, establish connections and collaborations. Applicants will be able to apply for support to participate in national and international scientific conferences and forums that are either held virtually or in person for the purpose of furthering the researcher’s expertise in the study of T1D.

Due to COVID-19 restricted travel and social distancing measures, JDRF Australia have limited the travel grant to domestic travel within Australia only.

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

  • Early-Stage Researcher 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 (as of the current Travel Grant round deadline). Applicants must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure T1D, and demonstrate relevance to one of JDRF’s therapeutic areas: Beta Cell Therapies, Immune Therapies, Complications Therapies or Glucose Control.

  • Mid-Career Researcher 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 Travel Grant round deadline) and up to and not inclusive of an Associate Professor level with no other access to travel funding.

The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes, and demonstrate relevance to one of JDRF’s therapeutic areas: Beta Cell Therapies, Immune Therapies, Complications Therapies or Glucose Control.

  • Allied-Health/Nursing 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 on the lives of people with type 1 diabetes, their carers and families. The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes.

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 type 1 diabetes, 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.


Career development support for successful applicants

As part of JDRF’s effort to support the next generation of type 1 diabetes researchers, travel grant recipients will have the opportunity to participate in a series of short courses and training program. The program will be designed to further the knowledge and upskill early to mid-career researchers in the areas of Grant Writing, Research Translation and Commercialisation, and Leadership and Project Management.


Funding

  • Up to $1,000 for virtual conferences
  • Up to $2,000 for domestic travel within Australia


Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Undertaking research and/or working within T1D area
  • Affiliated to an Australian University or institution
  • Currently residing in Australia
  • Presenting at the meeting/conference
  • Attending between 1 May 2021 and 31 October 2021
  • Engaged with Australian Diabetes research for more than 12 months, however if this does not apply, contact Sonya Luu at travelgrants@jdrf.org.au to discuss possible eligibility.

Applicants must not:

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


Selection Criteria

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

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


Application

Applications must be submitted by 5pm Wednesday, 28 April 2021 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:
    • What is your research project?
    • How will your research improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes?
    • How will your travel assist your research?
  3. Travel Details – confirmation and details of your travel:
    • For 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. Please note, if you are successful, payment will not be made until confirmation of acceptance is submitted to JDRF.
    • NB: Oral presentations and travel incorporating lab visits will be considered as a higher priority for funding.
  4. Curriculum Vitae – 4 page limit. Please limit all information provided to that requested within the application form.
  5. Budget – (not to exceed $1,000 for virtual conferences 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 support – 1-page limit. A letter of support from one supervisor commenting on your work, commitment to type 1 diabetes 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 the Sonya Luu on travelgrants@jdrf.org.au or 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 eligibility of future applications.


Please contact travelgrants@jdrf.org.au for more information.