The Mission of the ASRF is to fund and facilitate research that furthers the understanding and development of chiropractic care.
The Foundation is incredibly proud of our two-stage approval process. We believe this sets us apart from other research funding bodies. It has served us well for many years and was the result of reviewing the processes used by a number of national and international competitive funding bodies. Our application and assessment process reflects research sector best-practice.
In 2021 we continue to refine our research agenda by calling for grant applications focussing on the role of subluxation in resilience and adaptability. Based on an extensive survey, our Members identified stress and immune function/dysfunction as the two key health outcome areas associated with resilience and adaptability.
2021 Grant Program
In 2021, we are calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from researchers around the globe who are looking to explore the following items.
- Investigate reliability, validity and reproducibility of stress and immunity outcome measures associated with vertebral subluxation (can stress and immune health outcomes relating to vertebral subluxations be measured using reliable and valid indicators?).
- Investigate the impact of a vertebral subluxation and an adjustment on stress and immune function (what impact does vertebral subluxation and the adjustment have on health outcomes?).
- Investigate the epidemiology of the subluxation relating to stress and immunity (the scientific, systematic, data-driven frequency and patterns of the cause and risk factors of vertebral subluxation in the community).
The Foundation offers three categories of research funding in 2021.
These are intended to both encourage and support new researchers and novel ideas as well as support projects with a more developed evidence base and researcher track record. The following types of research grants are available:
- Targeted Research Grants (TRG) are intended to provide support for quality research projects relevant to the clinical practice and scientific basis of chiropractic and relevant to the research agenda categories that are currently being investigated. Funding of up to $20,000 per year is available for between one and two years.
- Dave Russell Postgraduate Scholarship Grant (DRPSG) are intended for researchers who are currently undertaking a research higher degree and are yet to be recipients of competitive project funding. Funds for DRPSG’s will be awarded for quality research projects relevant to the clinical practice and scientific basis of chiropractic and relevant to the research agenda categories that are currently being investigated and will be a maximum of $10,000 for a maximum period of 1 year. Only one grant per postgraduate researcher will be awarded.
- Seeding Research Grants (SRG) are intended to support novel research ideas, pilot studies or preliminary research develop into viable competitive research proposals for submission for funding to ASRF or other external granting bodies. It is intended that the recipients of SRG apply for full funding under the TRG scheme within 12 months. SRGs are open to any researcher, however preference will be given to an Early Career Researcher (ECR – defined as researchers who are currently within 5 years of having completed postgraduate studies and who have not as yet been recipients of competitive project funding). Funds for SRGs are to support quality research projects relevant to the clinical practice and scientific basis of chiropractic and relevant to the research agenda categories that are currently being investigated and will be a maximum of $10,000 for a maximum period of 12 months.
There is a two-stage process for submitting an application for funding.
Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) NOW OPEN
All applicants are required to submit an initial EOI. The EOI provides concise, referenced information regarding the intent of the proposed research project, the clinical and/or scientific basis of the intended research, how the proposal meets the Foundation’s research agenda, and an indicative budget. Applicants will be notified promptly of the Foundation’s decision regarding their expression and if endorsed, will be invited to complete a full submission by the prescribed deadline. Key Dates and Grant Guidelines below.
Stage 2: Full Grant Submission
Full Grant Submissions build on information provided in the EOI but provide more extensive details, particularly concerning the proposed methodology and the intended outcomes of the research project.
Expressions of Interest must be received on or before 5.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Friday 20th August 2021.
It is anticipated that following assessment, applicants will be notified of whether to proceed to Full Grant Submission by 10th September 2021, with Full Grant Submissions due on the 22nd October 2021.
All applicants must carefully read the Grant Guidelines before submitting an EOI.
Grant Guidelines are available here.
Expression of Interest form available here.
Please direct all communications to firstname.lastname@example.org
More on The Process
Both EOIs and full grant applications are subjected to the same merit-based review process. Scientific and clinical evaluation will be based on project merit and validity, likelihood of completion and delivery of intended outcomes, as well as value for money. Applications in each stage are reviewed by the Clinical Advisory Panel and Research Committee.
Full applications may also be subjected to independent external peer assessment. The overall application and assessment process is overseen by the Research Agenda Working Committee.
The ASRF Board of Directors is responsible for the funding approvals, based on the recommendations of the Clinical Advisory Panel and the Research Committee via the Research Agenda Working Committee.
We often receives more projects appropriate for funding than we can financial support. It is for this reason that we have built relationships with other bodies to facilitate the funding of this important research.
We believe our grant program is ambitious, rigorous, supportive of researchers and centred on producing research with strong, clinical relevance for chiropractors. We acknowledge our Members, Donors and Commercial Supporters for their commitment to research and their profession.