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RESEARCH

FUNDING

Targeted Research Areas

Adherence

Adherence to treatment, the extent to which patients are able to follow the agreed recommendations for prescribed treatments with healthcare provider, is a key component of chronic disease management. Failing to adhere is often the key limiter to optimal treatment outcomes.

Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer. Cancer can sometimes start in the small bowel (small intestine), but small bowel cancer is much rarer than large bowel cancer.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, breast cancer does occur in men.

COVID-19

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our lives and driven huge demand for research to develop treatments and understand long-term impacts.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

While mental and behavioural disorders are themselves chronic conditions, chronic physical illness patients are more likely to develop mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. As part of a multi-disciplinary approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can improve treatment and many of the long-term symptoms of chronic physical illnesses.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic, life-long disease. Even with daily insulin therapy, diabetics are at greater risk of eyesight damage, kidney disease, an impaired ability for wounds to heal, limb amputations and even death.

Heart Disease

Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect the heart. Heart diseases include Blood vessel disease, (such as coronary artery disease), Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), Heart problems you're born with (congenital heart defects), Disease of the heart muscle and heart valve disease.

Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease, also called chronic kidney failure, involves a gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then removed in your urine. Advanced chronic kidney disease can cause dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes to build up in your body.

Neuroendocrine Tumours

Neuroendocrine tumours are malignant cancer cells found in the neuroendocrine system affecting organs including the gastrointestinal system, lungs and pancreas.

Nutrition and Gut Health

Nutritional science and gut health can improve people’s overall health as well as manage their diabetes, heart problems and more.

Obesity

Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity isn't just a cosmetic concern. It's a medical problem that increases the risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.

Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that has complex motor and non-motor symptoms. Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, adjuvant treatments have been shown to significantly improve symptoms and quality of life.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate. The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in males that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer.

PTSD

Rigorous prospective studies have provided evidence that PTSD increases risk of first-onset cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. This evidence suggests that PTSD may have profound adverse effects on physical health over the life course.

Remote Health

With a large percentage of the global population living outside Metropolitan areas, there is a huge need for access to lifesaving treatments and improved care in regional centres.

Surgery Outcomes

People who require surgery are the highest-risk group for experiencing complications in hospitals.

Technology

Digital technologies are becoming a major part of our healthcare system, with enormous potential for particular impact in chronic disease treatment.

Grants

FitMed Foundation provides funding through grants for Targeted Research via an annual open invitation for grant applications to address a specific health issue where there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need. The annual Targeted Call for Research (TCR) specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed, application requirements and procedures, and the review criteria to be applied in the evaluation of applications submitted in response to the TCR.

 

A TCR is designed to stimulate research or build research capacity in our Targeted Research Areas. TCRs complement our existing suite of funding schemes by providing a mechanism to respond to emerging research needs and prioritising potential topics according to relative urgency and impact.

Researchers

FitMed Foundation provides funding through grants for Targeted Research via an annual open invitation for grant applications to address a specific health issue where there is a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need. The annual targeted Call for Research (TCR) specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed, application requirements and procedures, and the review criteria to be applied in the evaluation of applications submitted in response to the TCR.

 

A TCR is designed to stimulate research or build research capacity in our Targeted Research Areas. TCRs complement our existing suite of funding schemes by providing a mechanism to respond to emerging research needs and prioritising potential topics according to relative urgency and impact.

Applying for Grants

Competitive grant rounds are announced annually on this website and involve merit-based 4 stage process:

Stage 1: Expression of Interest

Stage 2: Full application by invitation only

Stage 3: Interview and supplemental information

Stage 4: Selection and Award

Grants are subject to a funding agreement which includes the research purpose and duration for which funding is being provided, how the grant proceeds must be used, research reporting obligations, and researcher rights and obligations. Regular reporting ensures we have the best opportunity to show the impact of funded research .

Managing the Grant Proceeds

Obligations regarding grant or research announcements and acknowledgement of the FitMed Foundation in publications including in public announcements and public presentation of the research, will be outlined in the funding agreement. Unless otherwise specified written approval will be required.

Announcements and Publications

Next Round

Opens on 1 April 2024

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