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Medical Research and the Report from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Allergies and Anaphylaxis

Updated 1 July 2020

The Australian Government’s recognition of the importance of medical research into allergies and anaphylaxis is highlighted in the report from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Allergies and Anaphylaxis, tabled in Parliament on 15 June 2020.

Implementing the recommendations in the report will lead to improved outcomes for patients and the community, including research into causes and treatment of allergies and anaphylaxis. This is consistent with the aim of the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA), which has supported research into allergy and other immune system disorders since 2014.

AIFA is an initiative of ASCIA, which was recognised in the report as having a pivotal and leading role in improving the care of people with allergic disease. AIFA has made an ongoing commitment to support researchers working on the complexities of the immune system, including allergic disease. Their work is fundamental to finding new treatments.

In 2020 AIFA will award a total $110,000 to allergy and immunology research, and the closing date for expressions of interest is 28 August 2020For details go to

To make a donatation for 2021 AIFA grants go to

Thank you to our generous donors and sponsors who have made the following 2020 AIFA grants possible:

  • $40,000 - AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant
  • $30,000 - AIFA Allergy (other than food allergy) or Autoimmunity Research Grant
  • $15,000 - AIFA Primary Immunodeficiencies Clinical Research Grant (supported by CSL Behring)
  • $15,000 - AIFA Hereditary Angioedema Clinical Research Grant (supported by CSL Behring)
  • $10,000 - AIFA Food Allergy Research Grant (supported by DBV Technologies)

At a time when medical research is more important than ever, we believe that the annual AIFA grants play a vital role, by providing seed funding, encouraging emerging researchers and promoting more allergy and immunology research in Australia and New Zealand.

To view the grants awarded in 2019, click in the image below or see

AIFA Research Grant awarded 2019

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