Concerned about your own or
someone else’s drug use?


NCCRED will fund clinical researchers through competitive grants totalling $1.8 million AUD. Two types of funding have been established over three funding rounds: Seed Funding Grants and Capacity Building Grants. The first round of NCCRED grants closed in October but there will be a new round of Seed Funding Grants offered early in January and more information will be released shortly. Three  funding rounds will be undertaken:

  • October 2018 – closed
  • January 2019 – now open
  • April 2019

**Capacity Building Grants only offered in Round 1

Seed Funding Grants

NCCRED has established a seed funding research program. The seed funding grants will develop evidence-based treatments and treatment models in response to prevalent, persistent and harmful emerging substances or methamphetamines. Grant recipients will contribute to the implementation of new and innovative treatment interventions. The funding will provide financial support as a seed-funding grant to establish investigator-initiated clinical trials / treatment research. The initial funding round specifically targets those projects investigating treatment options for methamphetamine or emerging drugs of concern dependence / use disorder; with subsequent funding rounds broadening the scope to include any new or emerging drug of concern.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding that will answer clinical questions, build research capacity, and produce translational research results. The grant should produce a fundable project that could eventually attract further funding streams. Applications for the seed funding grants will be reviewed by the NCREED Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Working Group, and funding will be allocated by the NCCRED Board.

For further information, and to register your interest in applying, please contact us. If you would like to access Mentorship for writing your grant, or for conceptualising a clinical problem you would like addressed through a research project, please contact us.

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Applications Are Now Open!

Please download the Application Form below and submit completed applications by email to info@nccred.org.au or via the online forms section of the Get Involved page by no later than 2359hrs (11:59 pm) on 15 Apr 2019. All information and guidelines are within the document.

Application Form

Applying for an NCCRED Grant

Applications are now open!

NCCRED is releasing Grants to fund innovative Clinical Research for the treatment of substance use disorder due to methamphetamine or emerging drugs of concern. $500,000 is available in Round 2 of funding with applications of $5,000 – $100,000 being considered.

Key Dates

Applications open: 18 Jan 19

Applications close: 15 Apr 19

Applications reviewed: 04 Jun 19

NCCRED Board awards funding: 05 Jul 19

Applicants are notified of results: 15 Jul 19

Final study report due to NCCRED: 31 Dec 20

  • 1. What are Emerging Drugs?

    The Australian Government Department of Health defines Emerging Drugs as: 

    New psychoactive drugs appearing on the market. They include novel drug classes which are potentially harmful. They also include new formulations of older drug classes for which problems related to their use are emerging. The situation is rapidly changing. There are hundreds of emerging drugs of concern, and this number is increasing every year.

  • 2. What does NCCRED mean by substantive?

    By using this term, we mean to say that your project should be able to provide results that are clinically meaningful, and are translatable to clinical care. Even small projects can deliver important results, and have substantive impacts!

  • 3. What constitutes a meaningful partnership?

    NCCRED encourages applicants to develop and build on partnerships. This includes meaningful involvement in the grant application and execution of the research. For example, not just listing a partner as a site, but working with them to ensure they provide meaningful contribution to the research proposal and conduct.

  • 4. What should be included in the data dissemination plan?

    It is anticipated that all successful applicants will present results (interim or final) at the NCCRED Annual Research Symposium. The Symposium will be held as a day-long meeting sponsored by NCCRED and co-located with the APSAD conference (e.g. prior to or following the APSAD meeting in the same city/State)

    All applicants are encouraged to ensure that attendance for presenting the project at the Symposium is within scope of the application’s budget

    In addition, the budget should include peer-reviewed publication costs (e.g. open-access publishing fees)

    The dissemination plan’s budget should not exceed $5,000

  • 5. What is out of scope within the budget?

    NCCRED cannot fund infrastructure (e.g. electricity or rent) to conduct the research outlined in your proposal.

  • 6. Can I budget on-costs or institutional overheads into my application?

    On-costs for salaried positions are acceptable, however; infrastructure fees for the grant monies (i.e. placed by an institution on research funds) are not permitted as the funding is sourced from the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health

  • 7. Can NCCRED assist with developing my research proposal?

    NCCRED offers mentoring internally and may be able to link you to an external mentor, to assist with conceptualising your research proposal and developing an application that will attract funding.

    NCCRED encourages partnerships (e.g. clinician, academic, and consumer). It can be daunting to seek out partnership opportunities, and NCCRED recognises this. Contact NCCRED to see if there are opportunities for Knowledge Exchange Days that you may be able to participate in. We may also be able to link you to organisations that are actively seeking partnerships. We may be able to link you to someone appropriate, or generate other potential possibilities for you to consider. Feel free to get in touch!

  • 8. What is the length / duration of the grant?

    Round 2 Seed Funding Grants are required to submit a final report to NCCRED within 18 months (i.e. December 2020).

Awarded Grants

Below are the list of Grants in the most recent Funding Round that closed in October 2018 that were recommended for funding by the NCCRED Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Clinical Research Network Working Group (WG) and approved by the NCCRED Board.

Capacity Building Grants

Developing a clinical data laboratory for methamphetamine use in NSW: The MAData project

Grant Holder: Professor Nicholas Lintzeris, Director Drug & Alcohol Services, South East Sydney Local Health District

South Australian Drug Early Warning System – Emergency Department Admission Blood Psychoactive Testing

Grant Holder: Doctor Peter Stockham, Principal Forensic Scientist, Toxicology, Forensic Science SA

The LiMA@RPAH study: a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study of lisdexamfetamine for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence

Grant Holder: Professor Paul Haber, Clinical Director, Drug Health Services, Sydney Local Health District, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital  

Seed Funding Grants

Emerging Drug Network of Australia (EDNA)

Grant Holder: Dr Jessamine Soderstrom, Clinical Toxicologist, Royal Perth Hospital

Increasing the capacity of a local health district to respond to methamphetamine-related harm: developing an integrated model of care informed by linked data and consumer and clinician views

Grant Holder: Dr Briony Larance, Senior Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

Sentinel surveillance for emerging illicitly manufactured fentanyl use in an inner-city opioid agonist treatment service

Grant Holder: Dr Craig Rodgers, Senior Staff Specialist, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney  

The WG, as a part of the NCCRED Clinical Research Network, is an independent group made up of core Australian researchers which the NCCRED staff and Board are not involved in. If you would like more information on the NCCRED Clinical Research Network or the NCCRED Board Click Here

Re-applying for Grants

If you applied for a grant in the last funding round and were not successful, we do not discourage you from applying again, in fact in most cases this is encouraged. If you would like more information please follow the link below to contact us.

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For further information, and to register your interest in applying, please contact us. If you would like to access Mentorship for writing your grant, or for conceptualising a clinical problem you would like addressed through a research project, please contact us.

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