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AUT Health Futures: frequently asked questions

General questions

No. AUT Health Futures is not restricted to traditional health and clinical fields. It's a broad definition that encompasses many of the problems we face as a society, and potential solutions and innovations are likely to be found as much outside the health fields as within them.

Eighty-five percent of health problems are nothing to do with the health sector, but have economic, social and environmental origins.

At AUT, we care about the health of our students, our staff, the communities we serve, our city, our country and our planet. AUT Health Futures reflects this commitment and we welcome contributions to any of these dimensions.

Internationally, there are significant concerns about the cost and conservatism of many grant funding mechanisms. We have listened to academic feedback about the onerous demands of the usual funding application and reporting processes.

We are trying a new approach which removes some of the usual compliance. There are a few criteria, and a streamlined application process. While the format is simple, we want highly credible proposals with potential application.

The total funding pool is $20 million and available over five years.

No, but the total pool over five years is $20 million and it is most unlikely that one team would get the full allocation or the full allocation in any one year.

AUT Health Futures is equally open to small and large projects (or programmes as they are known in external funding agencies). Pitches for multiple projects may be partly funded if the benefits of the whole programme are unclear.

AUT Health Futures is an internal funding mechanism so overheads would not be expected for AUT staff.

Where PhD students or external partners require additional space, resources or facilities, costs will be considered (rather than overhead) on a case-by-case basis.

Yes, but the approach must justify the length of the project. There will be offramps for AUT Health Futures projects where a different approach is needed, or barriers to progress are needing to be addressed first, or for projects that don't progress satisfactorily.

Ordinarily no, unless it makes a significant contribution to resolving the big problems identified.

Ordinarily no, unless it makes a significant contribution to resolving the big problems identified.

No, but it could be used to extend an existing project in a way that meets the criteria.

Process-related questions

One person from AUT and one person representing a key external partner.

The AUT Health Futures panel will reference the Health Futures guidelines. These are an indication, not a prescription, of what needs to be in the presentation.

Health Futures guidelines

No member of the assessing panel will be applying for funding. Any perceived conflict must be declared (by both the panel member and the research team). Part of our process will be to match up, where needed the expertise an idea needs to fly.  That might end up being a member of the panel.

The registrations of interest will be examined to ensure that they meet the criteria.

A decision will be made at the AUT Health Futures Forum, with funding committed subject to a more detailed proposal that finalists will be asked to prepare.

You will find out at the AUT Health Futures Forum.

Once the funding pitch is successful, then a fuller proposal description and budget will be required. Specific reporting deadlines will be dependent on the project proposal, and will be agreed with successful teams. There will be offramps for Health Futures projects where a different approach is needed, or barriers to progress need to be addressed first, or where projects are not progressing satisfactorily.

Successful participants will be also expected (and supported) to share their findings widely so we maximise opportunities for impact of the work. This may be through usual channels such as publications and media, and by participating in the annual Health Futures Summit.