For over 50 years, Asthma Foundations aided by donor and corporate support have funded much needed asthma research, with each Foundation working locally with researchers to support people with asthma and their carers.
Australian researchers are internationally recognised for their excellence in the field – of which donors, our supporters and we can feel immensely proud. When someone elects to make a donation or bequest to asthma research, they are not only supporting important asthma research here in Australia but also to our global understanding of asthma, what causes it, how it can be prevented and how it should be treated.
Asthma Foundations have agreed to combine their resources and implement the National Asthma Research Trust Fund under the leadership of Asthma Australia. This has resulted in a combined funding opportunity contributing annually a minimum of $750,000 to clinical, basic science or population health research projects, strategic research priorities, as well as PhD Scholarships to promote emerging researchers in the field.
In this regard we invite researchers, clinicians and people with asthma, the business community, the general public, and our existing partners to work with us to build our National Research Program and our strategic goal of dispersing $1.5million per annum by 2018.
At present $1.1M in research funding has been committed to 15 projects, scholarships and other grants.
Looking forward Asthma Australia has commissioned an independent review of the National Asthma Research Framework with the aim of developing a Research Framework to attract new investment and promote further collaboration with other funding bodies and researchers alike.
Presently there is no cure for asthma but you can help us continue to search for a cure, contribute to new treatments and better understand the impact of asthma on the lives of all Australians, young and old.
In 2016 Asthma Australia will be finalising a new Research Framework to ensure that our investment in asthma and lung health research is strategic and making a difference.