All applications to the Dementia Grants Program undergo a rigorous peer-review process overseen by members of the Scientific Panel.
The assessment process in Round 1 involves the following stages:
1. Eligibility check
The Dementia Australia Research Foundation staff will check all applications after the application closing date to ensure compliance with eligibility criteria and conditions of award. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they meet all eligibility criteria and conditions of the award prior to submitting an application. The Dementia Australia Research Foundation reserves the right to rule out of contention any application that does not include proof of eligibility without further assessment. Please note that applicants must inform the Dementia Australia Research Foundation if their eligibility against the stated criteria changes in any way during the assessment process. Funding will not commence until all relevant requirements, including eligibility, have been met.
Applications will undergo peer-review by a panel of international external reviewers with expertise in the field under investigation. An initial cull of non-competitive EOIs will be performed by this panel and applicants of potentially fundable projects will be invited to submit a full application. Full applications will be ranked by merit by the expert review panel. The Dementia Australia Research Foundation Scientific Panel will liaise with the YARP Advisory Group throughout the process and, based on the recommendation of the expert review panel, the sponsors will make a joint decision on the successful applicant.
The following assessment criteria will be used for rating applications:
Innovation and Originality (50% weight)
This criterion considers the novelty and originality of the proposed project and the extent to which it has the capacity, if successful, to introduce innovative and new research directions, with benefit to affected individuals, in the field of dementia research.
Scientific Merit and Quality (30% weight)
The significance and value of the proposed research is considered, along with the clarity of the hypotheses or research objectives, and the suitability of the research methodology and research plan. The general scientific relevance should be evident in the project proposal, and the research methodology should be sound and clearly presented. Projects must also be feasible and realistic within the available timeframe and budget.
Track record of the research team (20% weight)
This criterion considers whether the research team’s previous research experience demonstrates that they are capable of successfully undertaking the proposed research and disseminating the outcomes. Track record (research training, publications, awards and other relevant experience) will be assessed relative to opportunity and must be documented in the supporting CV if a full application has been requested.
Applicants do not necessarily need to show a track record in dementia research if the project involves the application of knowledge and findings from another field. However, evidence of excellence in some field of research should be demonstrated.