BJA/RCoA/ANZCA Collaborative Research Grant


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The grant is intended to support a collaborative research project in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine or pain medicine between researchers in the UK and Australia/New Zealand. The grant may support direct research costs such as research personnel employment costs, consumables, ethics charges, pathology, assays, and statistical support. The grant might cover basic and/or clinical research.

Eligibility and The Project

Applicants should be from both the UK and either Australia and/or New Zealand, There must be a Principal Investigator (PI) based in the UK and a Principal Investigator based in Australia or New Zealand. The PI from Australia must be a FANZCA but there is no restriction for the PI from the UK although anaesthetic (covering related specialties) involvement would be expected. Additional PIs may be included even if they are not fellows of ANZCA. The proposal must involve real, credible, collaboration between institutions. It is intended that one institution will take the lead; the institution to which the funding is given; it will be the responsibility of that institution to negotiate with their partner on the transfer of funds. The work may be done in a university science department or in an academic clinical department. The work may be basic (wet lab, in vivo or equipment) or clinical in nature. Pilot/feasibility studies are welcome. The work should be collaborative and be based on a common protocol (with regional variations as required) such that any primary publication arising will include the combined results from both regions. If human patients and a clinical trial are involved, the project should either include participants from at least one site in each region, or if the proposal involves a basic science/exploratory study, it must involve researchers in at least one laboratory site in each region.

The project should start in 2022 and end in 2025.

If there are specific questions, then contact the NIAA by email.

The Support

Both the BJA/RCoA and ANZCA will contribute up to a total of £100,000 each in a three-year period (being ~33,000 each year from each party). The total project support for the three-year period will not exceed £200,000. The joint spend does not need to be equal in each region (noting there will be substantial expenditure in both regions). Annual funding will be subject to receipt of satisfactory annual reports - with each region being assessed by each party with a final joint agreement to renew.

This support is for salaries (including Superannuation and National Insurance (or equivalent) contributions, equipment (including VAT/GST where appropriate) and running costs. BJA/RCoA and ANZCA decline to contribute to any other indirect costs (overheads). Applicants will need to provide full justification of all costs applied for. Applications requesting less than the stated amounts are welcome. The funders will wish to share any intellectual property rights and income arising from this work with the host institution.


The closing date for applications is noon (12.00hrs) GMT, Friday 24 September 2021

To apply for the BJA/RCoA/ANZCA Collaborative Research Grant, please download and complete the application form below.

 BJA_RCoA_ANZCA Grant_Form_NIAA 2021 (R2) FINAL DRAFT.docx (3.18 MB)

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