National Blood Sector Research and Development Program

A nationally coordinated effort in research and development is required to address evidence gaps in the blood sector, and to enable responses to emerging evidence and new technologies.

Under the National Blood Agreement the National Blood Authority (NBA) is charged ‘…to facilitate and fund appropriate research, policy development or other action in relation to new developments by relevant government or non-government persons or bodies.’

Research and Development Strategic Priorities
 

Review of the Strategic Priorities

In 2021, the NBA engaged an external consultancy to review progress against the National Blood Research and Development Strategic Priorities 2013-16 and develop a new set of priorities for 2022-27. This has been a highly collaborative review and development process, with input received across the blood sector. We expect that this work will be finalised in early 2022, with details and updated materials provided via the NBA website once available.

The NBA has worked with stakeholders to identify the National Blood Research and Development Strategic Priorities 2013-16. The purpose of the publication is to provide a useful resource to guide priority setting for research. It may be used by researchers to support funding requests, including from the National Health and Medical Research Council, by identifying that their research aligns with priorities communicated by governments.

National Blood Sector Research and Development Program

Preparations for Round 6

The NBA has commenced planning for Round 6 of the National Blood Sector Research and Development Program. While dates are yet to be confirmed, we are presently planning to open a round in the second half of 2022. Further information about Round 6 and guidance materials for applicants will be provided in advance of the round opening. Please also note that the NBA will be reviewing grant application forms and guidance material for Round 6 in line with feedback and suggestions from previous rounds.

In September 2015 the NBA received approval from funding governments to offer two grant rounds under a blood sector research and development pilot. Following success of the pilot, the grant scheme has continued under the National Blood Sector Research and Development Program.

The Program funds a limited number of projects which are assessed as likely to produce valuable research outcomes in identified key priority areas. In addition, information gathered from the funded research will be used to inform consideration by governments of the viability and potential value of further blood sector specific research and development funding.

The Program targets topics prioritised for research by pre-existing strategic programs of the NBA and governments in the blood sector, including but not limited to:

  • patient blood management evidence gaps
  • efficient and effective use of immunoglobulin products

The overarching objectives are to identify and support strategic priority areas appropriate for targeted blood sector research funding that will:

  • enhance the sustainability and affordability of the national supply of blood products, including through increased efficiency and reduced blood product usage and wastage
  • identify appropriate use and reduce inappropriate use of blood products
  • maintain or enhance clinical outcomes for patients

by providing evidence or new knowledge to:

  • understand the biological action of blood products
  • identify optimum treatment, dosing or indications for use for blood products, and
  • compare the use of blood products with alternative strategies and treatments.

Funding may be available for up to three years in each round.  Projects of various types and duration will potentially be considered in the process.

Applications for grant funding will fall into one of the following categories:

  • project grants
  • seed grants
  • scholarship grants

If you would like more information please contact r&d@blood.gov.au

Results of Round 5