Applications now open


About the Research Fund
In line with ANZUP's Strategic Plan and with the support of the Below the Belt Pedalthon, the Below the Belt Research Fund has been established to assist our members in the development of investigator-initiated studies.
Grants of up to $50,000 are available in 2018/19 to successful applicants. 

Key dates

Monday 5 March 2018
  Grant applications open 
Friday 18 May 2018
  Grant applications close
Friday 29 June 2018
  Notification to applicants
Tuesday 10 July 2018
Award presentation

Eligible research projects may include:

  • Pilot studies (including generating data to support a larger research project)

  • Translational research that may lead to an ANZUP project or form part of an existing project

  • Innovative sub-studies e.g. psycho-oncology or nursing projects

  • Seed funding to start a high priority ANZUP study that has a high likelihood of receiving ongoing funding from another source
Not all funds may be awarded in the first round with remaining funds available for ad-hoc grants or a second round of applications, at the discretion of the Grant Review Panel. 

Eligible research projects will:
  • Be consistent with ANZUP’s mission and objectives and include a budget justification up to AU$50,000

  • Involve endpoints that are feasible within a 1-2 year time frame, preferably 1 year

  • Be expected to build capacity and/or collaborations for ANZUP and have the potential to lead to a future ANZUP project

  • Be an ANZUP member with a minimum of 12 months membership and a track record as an active contributor to ANZUP subcommittee meetings and other research activities.

 The successful recipient will be required to:

  • Acknowledge ANZUP and the Below the Belt Research Fund in any publications or presentations as a result of the Below the Belt Research Fund

  • Give a scientific presentation at the ANZUP ASM in 2019

  • Provide a formal written report to ANZUP Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

  • Provide a summary report for use in ANZUP publications

  • As this research fund is supported by philanthropic funds, the successful recipients must ensure that no on-costs are taken out of this grant

Assessment and notification: 

A grant review panel will be appointed by the ANZUP SAC to assess the applications and will include consumer representation. Within the framework of the above requirements, the following specific criteria will be used as part of the review and selection process:

  • Scientific excellence, i.e. quality of research methods (20%)

  • Significance and/or innovation (20%)

  • Feasibility, i.e. likelihood of successful completion (20%)

  • Alignment with goals and objectives of ANZUP (20%)

  • Potential to leverage additional funds (20%).

Weighting will be given to those projects most likely to result in an ANZUP study.


Successful applicants will be presented their grants at the ANZUP Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Sydney, 8-10 July, 2018. 

Please complete the Below the Belt Research Fund Grant Application Form 2018 and email to: by COB Friday 18 May 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Margaret McJannett, Chief Executive Officer on or (02) 9562 5042.

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