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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 two rounds of NCCRED grants are closed but the new round of Seed Funding Grants is now open. Three funding rounds will be undertaken:

  • October 2018 – closed
  • January 2019 – closed
  • May 2019 – NOW OPEN

**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 NCCRED Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Working Group, and funding will be allocated by the NCCRED Board.

Applications are now open for the third and final round of seed funding grants. In the current funding round (May 2019), non-renewable grants of $5,000-$100,000 will be awarded, with $500,000 of funding available. To apply for a grant please use the below form and email the completed application to us.

Application Form

Applications close 2359hrs (11:59 pm) on 30 July 2019

For further information, 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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  • 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).

    Round 3 Seed Funding are required to submit a final report to        NCCRED within 18 months (i.e. April 2021).

  • 9. What is a clinician?

    The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare defines a clinician as:

    A practitioner who spends most of their total weekly working hours engaged in clinical practice (that is, in diagnosis and/or treatment of patients including recommending preventive action) is classified as a ‘clinician’. A clinician may work clinical and non-clinical hours. – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

  • 10. What is clinical research?

    The NHMRC has described Clinical Research as:

    a range of different health professionals studying a wide range of matters, including disease prevention and causation, diagnostic methods, treatments, and effects of and response to illness. Such research can occur in a number of settings, including public and private hospitals and clinics, other institutions or organisations, community settings, and general or specialist medical practices”.

    In this keeping, NCCRED aims to facilitate clinical research, through the conduct, mentoring and dissemination of clinical trials, epidemiological studies, behavioural studies and other research methodologies relevant to the emerging drugs of concern research community.

Awarded Grants

Below are the list of Grants that were awarded from the initial funding round in October 2018. These grants were recommended for funding by the NCCRED Methamphetamine and Emerging Drugs Clinical Research Network Working Group (WG) and approved by the NCCRED Board. The list of grants awarded from the second round of funding will be released shortly.

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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