The 2019 APERF funding round is now open
The deadline for applications is midnight, October 31, 2019.
Frequently asked questions
Who can apply for APERF funding?
All applications must have a first-named applicant who is a registered podiatrist and a current member of the Australian Podiatry Association. This applicant must be the chief investigator and will take primary responsibility for the scholarly aspects and running of the project, as well as any administrative aspects of the grant.
Grants may be allocated to experienced researchers and/or early career or inexperienced researchers. Track record relative to opportunity will be taken into consideration in the assessment process.
Undergraduate student projects (including Honours projects) are not eligible for funding.
Grants can only be allocated to an approved Australian research or public institution (e.g. university, research institute, public hospital, community health centre, etc.).
How much can be applied for?
There are two categories available for application, although this may change from year-to-year.
Category 1 (up to $10,000)
This is the standard APERF Grant.
Category 2 (up to $7,000)
Category 2 grants are made available by the Podiatry Education Trust (Victoria). A condition of a Category 2 grant is that the research project must ‘advance the practice of podiatry in Victoria’. Although not essential, applications that incorporate individuals or institutions resident in, or incorporated in, the State of Victoria, and applications that include a podiatrist as a chief investigator will be viewed favourably.
When do applications open and close?
Applications open on approximately 1st September and close on 31st October each year.
Is there a standard application form?
These documents were used the 2018 round of APERF applications. These forms will change for the 2019 round, so applicants MUST use the new forms when they become available later in the year (i.e. when the 2019 grants open).Please note that all applications must follow the instructions provided. Applications that do not use the correct form or do not follow the guidelines exactly will not be assessed. For example, applications exceeding the page limit (e.g. for the project plan and CV sub-sections) will definitely not be considered as this raises issues of fairness and equity.
Can I submit multiple documents in my application?
No, all applications must be submitted as one complete PDF document (i.e. all sections must be combined in the one document and the converted to a PDF document), which must include all relevant signatures.
What can the grant funding be used for?
All grant funding must be used for activities directly related to the conduct of the research project. This will typically involve funding for research staff, equipment and consumables. Funding for computers and conference travel, for example, cannot be requested in the application. APERF reserves the right to part-fund projects if any requested items are considered unnecessary or the budget is deemed to be excessive.
How are the grants assessed?
All applications are independently evaluated and scored by the APERF Board of Trustees. Evaluation and scoring are done with a standardised assessment matrix. The trustees then meet in person in December and final funding decisions are reached by consensus.
When are grants assessed?
Trustees usually meet in December to award grants. Applicants will usually be advised about whether their application was successful or not in late December or early January.
How are conflicts of interest addressed?
APERF uses the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) guidelines for managing conflicts of interest in the review of grants. For example, if a trustee is named as an applicant on a grant or are employed at the same institution as the first-named applicant, they are completely excluded from the review process. All other conflicts are declared in advance and are considered by the trustees using the NHMRC guidelines.
Is feedback provided for unsuccessful applications?
APERF will attempt to provide brief feedback for all unsuccessful grants, although the trustees reserve the right to not provide feedback. However, funding decisions are final, so no additional correspondence will be entered into, and there is no appeal process.
Is a final report required?
Yes, upon completion of the project, all successful applicants must provide a final report using this form, detailing expenditure and briefly summarising the findings of the project. Failure to complete a final report will jeopardise any future funding from APERF. Interim reports will also be required for projects that run for more than one year (i.e. where funding is provided over more than one year).
If I am successful, do I need to acknowledge APERF?
Yes, it is a requirement of funding that you acknowledge APERF’s contribution to your project in any presentations or publications arising