For enquiries about the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Care (APEC) Research Grants, contact:
Grants Administrator, Maureen Surian, or
Grants Coordinator, Rosie Moffat
Tel: +61 2 9850 3333


*This research grant is closed.




2016 Paediatric Endocrine Research Grant Recipients

Dr Danielle Longmore
Menzies School of Health Research, NT

Epigenetic Modification, Maternal Risk, and Early-Life Determinants of Cardio-metabolic Outcomes in Aboriginal Children (PANDORA Generations)

Dr Tarini Chetty
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, WA

Can dietary protein intake after exercise decrease the risk of late onset post exercise hypoglycaemia in young people with Type 1 Diabetes

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Paediatric Endocrine Care Research Grant applications will be accepted from 1 April 2017.
Applications close 1 May 2017.

The Pfizer Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Care (APEC) Research Grant is now CLOSED.

About the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Care (APEC) Research Grant

APEC Grants 2017

Background and history

The Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Care (APEC) Research Grants were established in 2007 to support and advance research in the field of Paediatric Endocrinology. The program has been designed to promote excellence in medical research throughout Australasia. It seeks to encourage and help develop the best of our junior clinical researchers to enter or continue in the field of Paediatric Endocrinology and extend Pfizer Australia’s commitment and contribution to medicine and the health of our community.

APEC Grants are designed to encourage junior researchers to enter or continue in the field of Paediatric Endocrinology.

The applicant must be currently registered to practice medicine in Australasia; the majority of the research must be conducted in Australasia, and as of 01 January 2018, applicants must be a current trainee in paediatric endocrinology in Australasia, or within five years of being awarded FRACP, or within 5 years of having completed paediatric endocrinology training as determined by the RACP (Royal Australasian College of Physicians) Endocrinology SAC.

Pfizer Australia has allocated AUD$100,000 to this initiative as part of our continued commitment to Paediatric Endocrinology research. Individual grants will be available up to AUD$50,000 (excluding GST). Each grant is for a period of 12 months.

All applications are reviewed initially by two independent expert referees. The final decision is then made by the Australasian Physicians Independent Committee (APIC), composed of six leading specialists.

Applications are welcome from medical graduates who are currently residing, working, and conducting research within Australasia.

Australian Physicians Independent Committee (APIC)

APIC Chair:

Dr Michele O’Connell
The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

APIC Members:

Dr Jacqueline Curran
Princess Margaret Hospital
Western Australia

Professor Wayne Cutfield
Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Mark Harris
Lady Cilento Hospital
Queensland, Australia

Dr Alexia Peña Vargas
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Dr Shubha Srinivasan
The Children’s Hospital Westmead
New South Wales, Australia

expand MISSION

The Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Care (APEC) Research Grants are awarded for the purpose of advancing knowledge in the field of Paediatric Endocrinology.

The program has been designed to promote excellence in medical research throughout Australasia. It seeks to encourage and help develop the best of our junior clinical researchers to enter or continue in the field of Paediatric Endocrinology and extend Pfizer Australia’s commitment and contribution to medicine and the health of our community.

expand ELIGIBILITY

The APEC Grant is open to medical graduates from any country who are currently residing, working, and conducting research within Australasia.

The applicant must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. You must be currently registered to practice medicine in Australasia
  2. The majority of your research must be conducted in Australasia
  3. As of 01 January 2018 you must be:
    • A current trainee in paediatric endocrinology in Australia or New Zealand; or,
    • Within five years of being awarded FRACP; or,
    • Within five years of having completed paediatric endocrinology training as determined by the RACP Endocrinology SAC
  4. Your application must be complete and not missing any documentation
  5. Your application must be research with a study protocol that has not already been initiated.

Successful applicants are required to conduct their research within Paediatric Endocrinology Units within Australasia.

Please note that research whose primary objective is to investigate a product or products sponsored by another company is most appropriately supported by the sponsor(s) of those products, and thus, would not be appropriate research for receipt of an APEC Grant.

expand TENURE OF GRANT

Pfizer will provide funding for each award to a maximum of AUD$50,000 (plus GST) (including direct costs, institutional overheads, and indirect costs) for one year to conduct the proposed research study. Please note that the funding proposal for each research project are not to exceed this amount. The proposal scope should reflect the funding amount awarded.

Grant recipients must notify the APEC Grant Coordinator of any other funding obtained (or applied for) during the duration of the grant. Only one APEC Grant will be allocated to a single applicant in a given year although applications will be accepted and reviewed for more than one project from a single applicant. Applicants will not be eligible to receive funding from more than one Pfizer Australia research grant in the same financial year. Funding will be available after 01 January 2018 following agreement execution.

The applicant must indicate in their grant application under the ‘budget’ section what proportion of the proposal will be covered by the APEC Grant and if other funding is being received for the proposal then details must be entered as to where from, e.g. existing NH&MRC grant or other philanthropic grants.

expand REVIEW PROCESS

Applications for the APEC Grants are reviewed by two independent reviewers and by the Australasian Physicians Independent Committee (APIC), which is composed of leading clinicians and researchers from Australia and New Zealand. The APIC is responsible for independent objective evaluation and recommendations regarding funding of research projects. All decisions of the APIC are final and no correspondence will be entered into. A preliminary review of submissions will be completed by Pfizer in order to ensure proposals are within the scope of research areas, and that there are no concerns with the proposed work from a patient safety or intellectual property perspective. It is important to note that the funding is not being used to influence or reward the recipient for present, past or future use or support of Pfizer medicines or to influence the outcome of clinical trials.

expand PERSONAL INFORMATION

All personal information provided in your application including your protocol and assessment details will be retained by Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd (and its affiliates) and will be used solely for the purposes of administering the grant application.

Pfizer Australia’s Privacy Policy is available at www.pfizer.com.au/privacy

Applicants’ personal information will be disclosed to the APIC and Independent Reviewers for the sole purpose as required for the review and selection process of the grant. Applicants have the right to access their personal information at any time. If you wish to do this please contact the APEC Grant Coordinator.

The details of all successful applications will be published on the APEC Grant website and APEC Grant promotional materials.

expand APPLICATION PROCESS

On completion of the eligibility questions on the Pfizer Grants website the applicant will be directed to the Pfizer Investigator Initiated On Line Portal to submit their application. The following supporting documentation must be included in the application:

  • Study Protocol
    To be a maximum of 4 pages with the following headings:
    Introduction, Hypotheseis, Aims , Methods, Statistics Study Significance, References, Role of the Investigator
  • Detailed budget
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – Principal Investigator only (all personal information redacted)
  • Publication list
  • A letter from your supervisor or department head supporting the project including confirmation that they have reviewed the application in full and required infrastructure to support the study is available at the institution.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS, DEFINED AS APPLICATIONS MISSING ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE-LISTED DOCUMENTS, WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT

Please note that the Institutional Ethics Committee approval is not a requirement at the application stage however this is a required document prior to any financial payments should the application be successful in obtaining an APEC Grant.

If you have any questions regarding the completion of the application please contact Maureen Surian, Grants Administrator or Rosie Moffat, APEC Grants Coordinator on 02 9850 3333.

expand TIPS FOR SUCCESS
Ensure:
  • Your supervisor reviews and provides guidance on your application
  • Clear focused aims and hypothesis
  • Design matches aims and hypothesis
  • Clear justification of your budget
  • Your role in the study is clearly defined
  • Consistency across your application
expand CONDITIONS

APEC Grants are awarded with the expectation that timely submissions for presentation will be made at appropriate medical meetings or research forums and those papers will be submitted for publication in appropriate peer-reviewed medical journals. The grant recipients will be required to provide Pfizer with an opportunity to review any proposed publications by forwarding a copy of all proposed papers to Pfizer 60 days prior to submission for publication. The Grant Recipient will disclose Pfizer’s support of the Study in all publications.

We understand that applicants may apply for funding from other sources. Please inform the APEC Grant Administrator if you do receive funding prior to the grants being awarded.

Grant recipients will be required to provide a 500-word research summary to Pfizer 3 months after the completion of the 12 month study period.

No study payments will be made directly to the Grant Recipient. Contracting relating to the Grant will be between Pfizer Australia and the Grant Recipient’s Institution.