2019 DEBRA Australia Research Grant

DEBRA Australia is pleased to call for applications for new research funding for projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of children and adults with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), in any of DEBRA’s priority research areas. The deadline for application submission is 28 October 2019. Two grants of up to AUD $40,000 each over 1 year are being offered. Depending on the applications received, the total grant money may be split into three smaller awards. It is planned that decisions on funding applications from this call will be made in December 2019.

Projects may be laboratory based, a clinical study, or a combination. As DEBRA Australia is keen to create a more robust and collaborative EB research environment in Australia, projects which involve Australian or international collaboration are encouraged. Projects are expected to be completed by December 2020 with respective progress and final reports to DEBRA Australia due in July 2020 and January 2021. Grants will be paid in two equal instalments in January 2020 and July 2020 (following assessment of progress report), on receipt of an invoice from the institution.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to study these guidelines, terms and conditions carefully before preparing their application.

Our Research Priorities, which are aligned with the priorities of DEBRA International, are to:

  • Improve our understanding of the biology and genetics of all forms of EB, as better understanding can lead to new approaches to diagnose and treat EB.
  • Work towards the development of therapies (including possible gene-therapies, cell-therapies, drug therapies or protein therapies).
  • Understand the nature of wound healing and the development of skin cancer in EB, and seek to develop better treatments and prevention strategies.
  • Support clinical-care research to improve the management of EB through symptom relief.
Download Application Form (.doc)
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