Applications now open


In line with ANZUP's Strategic Plan and the support of the Below the Belt Pedalthon, we have established the Below the Belt Research Fund to support our members in the development of investigator initiated-studies.
Grants of up to $50,000 are available in 2017/18 to successful applicants. 
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 any 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$50,000(AU)

  • 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 twelve months membership with a track record of being 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 2018

  • Provide a formal written report to ANZUP 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%).

Successful applicants will be presented their grants at the ANZUP Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Melbourne July 18, 2017. 

Timeline - Applications

  • Monday 30 January 2017                 Grant applications open

  • Friday 12 May 2017                          Grant Applications close

  • Friday June 30 2017                         Notification to Applicants

  • Tuesday 18 July 2017                   Award presentation


Please complete the Below the Belt Research Fund Grant Application Form and email to: by COB Friday 12 May 2017

Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to Margaret McJannett, Chief Executive Officer via email to or phone (02) 9562 5042.

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