How to apply

Key dates for 2021 grant round

1 April 2021: Grant applications open

30 April 2021 5pm AEST: Grant applications close

May – July 2021: Research Advisory Committee assess and rank applications

August 2021: Research Foundation Board meet to decide on successful applications

Mid to late August 2021: Grant and scholarship outcomes released

Please note that these dates are subject to change.

Grant applications are now closed.

Application process

Starting and saving an application

To start a new application, the chief investigator’s AOA member ID and password must be entered.

Applications may be completed in multiple sessions. Any data entered will be saved at the end of each session providing that the ‘Save and Logout’ button is clicked before exiting the application. If you exit the form without clicking ‘Save and Logout’, any data entered during that session will be lost.

Returning to a 'work-in-progress' application

On clicking the ‘Save and Logout’ button a unique application reference code will be sent to the chief investigator’s email address. To return to a previously saved application form, and continue working on it at a later date, the unique reference code must be entered in the third box on the application form log in screen. 

If you do not enter this application reference code then you will be presented with a new, blank form.

If you are working on several different application forms then you will be provided with a unique application reference code for each saved application.

Section rules

The application form consists of seven sections (A–G). You may complete the sections in any order, but all sections marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed before you submit the form.

Some sections of the application form invite you to upload supporting material as an attachment. Attachments must not exceed the specified document size limits and must be in one of the specified document formats. Size limits vary – ensure that you check the relevant size limit and document format by hovering over the question mark (?) symbol next to the relevant application form field.

Some text boxes specify character count limits, which will display when you begin typing into the text box.

Submitting an application

When a grant application is finalised it should be submitted using the ‘Submit’ button. After submission, no further changes will be possible.

An email will be sent confirming that submission of an application has been successful.

Please note that, to guarantee review of your application:

  • the prescribed application form must be submitted by the due date
  • all assurances regarding animal and human subjects should be included with the completed application, if available. If awarded, failure to provide the required documentation in a timely fashion may result in the award being rescinded
  • all institutional signatures and approvals must be included in the application form. All original institutional signatures must be included at the time of submission for an application to be considered complete
  • all sections of the application marked with an asterisk (*) must be filled out
  • no additional information for an application will be accepted after the due date, including supplemental data to the research plan and letters of recommendation
  • All project information must be entered into the form itself. Full research proposals that are attached separately as supporting documentation will not be reviewed. This is to ensure equity for all applicants.

Queries about the grants application process should be directed to the AOA Head Office. 

Contact Information
T 02 8071 8024

Assessment and selection

Applications are assessed by the Research Advisory Committee against the following criteria:

  • scientific merit and feasibility
  • impact on or relevance to musculoskeletal disease
  • track record of the applicant or research team
  • Please refer to the Grant Assessment Criteria for more details.

Following an assessment for the Research Advisory Committee, final recommendations regarding funding of projects will be submitted to the AOA Research Foundation Board for final consideration. If successful applicants have applied to other funding organisations, the AOA Research Foundation will not commit funds to the project until the outcome of the other applications are known. If, after receiving payment from the AOA Research Foundation, the investigator receives support for the same person or project from other sources, the award will terminate and the unexpended balance will be returned to the AOA Research Foundation.

Commencement of research

It is expected that the project will commence within six months after notification of the grant is received. The AOA Research Foundation Board is to be notified of any delay in commencement. If the chief investigator leaves the institution or the project before the expiration of the grant, the grant will terminate unless arrangements, satisfactory to the AOA Research Foundation Board, have been made.

Funding availability

Grants to individuals will be made only through a recognised institution and on receipt of the following items:

  • fully-executed Acceptance Offer 
  • appropriate evidence of ethics approval 
  • valid invoice.

A grant for the acquisition of major items of equipment will be made available on request when payment for the equipment is due. Any major variation in the program from that outlined in the application must first be referred to the AOA Research Foundation Board. A transfer of expenditure from one cost heading to another, for example salaries to supplies, is permissible within reason. However, any desired transfer of funds of a substantial amount should be referred to the AOA Research Foundation Board for approval.

Obligations of grant recipients

During the currency of the grant, the applicant (or other approved responsible person) is required to submit to the AOA Research Foundation Board, a report on the prescribed form detailing the work carried out on the project and the results achieved in the previous 12 months.

Progress reports are due by 31 August each year.

During the currency of the grant and at the termination of the grant, both the Annual Progress Report Form and AOARF Expenditure Form should also be completed and submitted, detailing the appropriation and expenditure of grant monies during the preceding year and including a refund of any surplus of unexpended funds at completion of the research. The applicant is required to complete a final Annual Expenditure Form and Annual Progress Report Form listing publications (full articles and published abstracts) and meetings at which the research has been presented in the period up to two years after receipt of the grant.