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Frequently Asked Questions

NEW QUESTION Is this a new idea for research, or just a bright idea?

We are looking for new ideas that can be tested by research. The research could use a quantitative, qualitative, implementation science or pure research methodology. The methodology will depend on the new idea that you want to test and must include co-design principles and methodologies. Some applicants will come with their methodology pre-designed. Others will have a bright idea that they will develop into a methodology.

NEW QUESTION Do I have to conduct research?

You apply to the fund with the intention of conducting research, this fund will support the development of that idea into a testable research question and design.

NEW QUESTION Can I be on more than one research application?

Yes!

What do you mean by ‘new’ idea?

We mean an idea that…

 

  • is new! That is, your idea would be a new development in the field

  • isn’t currently being tested in eating disorder research

  • has demonstrated success in another area of health, but hasn’t yet been applied to or tested with people who have eating disorders or their family

  • is feasible and which will help to solve the problem of eating disorders.

What do you mean by ‘eating disorder’?

Everyone has a different experience of eating disorder. By eating disorder, we mean:

  • people who have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, ARFID, Pica, OSFED (see below for further information and resources)

  • people who experience disordered eating symptoms such as dietary restriction, binge eating and behaviours which are related to eating and dieting that impact on their health and social and emotional wellbeing

  • for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people from multicultural and religious backgrounds, these symptoms can also relate to experiencing food security issues, different traditions and rituals around food.

What do you mean by ‘lived experience’?

Lived experience refers to people who have a personal experience of an eating disorder, or who are the family member, partner, carer or supporter of someone who has experienced an eating disorder.

 

We strongly recommend that you read the following documents to inform your application: Mental Health Commission – Lived Experience Workforce Guidelines

What do you mean by ‘Social and Emotional Wellbeing’?

‘Social and Emotional Wellbeing’ (SEWB) is the preferred term to describe the holistic wellbeing of individuals and family that encompasses cultural considerations and the whole community. This definition recognises the importance of connection to land, culture, spirituality, ancestry, family and community.

We strongly recommend that you read the following document to inform your application:

Spirituality and Aboriginal People’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing: A Review (2019) – Lowitja Institute

What do you mean by ‘co-design’?

Co-design in research is the inclusion of people who are impacted by research in all stages of the research process. It is a genuine exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences – an acknowledgement that everyone has expertise that is vital to the research process.

 

This means including people who have lived experience of eating disorders, their families and supports; and, depending on the research, it might also mean collaborating with people who provide services (eg. clinicians, teachers, school counsellors, sports coaches), and/or people from the community the research relates to (eg. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CALD backgrounds, people from the LGBTQI+ community), or other supports relevant to the research question or idea.

 

Co-design is important because it helps us create answers that solve real world problems and transform people’s lives and their experience.

 

You may wish to read the following document to inform your application: Co-production: Putting principles into practice in mental health contexts (2018) – Roper, C., Grey, F., Caddogan, E.

Who should be on my team?

One of the goals of the IgnitED Fund is to help create new co-design teams that include researchers, people with lived experience (who could be consumers or carers), community groups or organisations, clinicians, teachers, sports coaches, journalists – whoever you need to work with who is relevant to your bright idea. 

 

At a minimum, your team should include a researcher, including HDR/ECR/emerging researcher(s) and lived experience expertise.

 

If your idea is related to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, the lead applicant must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

 

If your idea is related to the lived experience perspective – whether that is from people who have experience of an eating disorder, their family or supports – the lead applicant must be someone with relevant lived experience expertise.

What do you mean by involving ‘lived experience expertise’ as part of the co-design team?

This is acknowledgement that people who have personal experience of eating disorders have a particular expertise that is essential to the research process.

 

Your co-design team needs to include lived experience expertise, or you will need to ask for our help in finding people with lived experience of eating disorders to participate in your team.

What do you mean by involving HDR/ECR/emerging researcher(s) as part of the co-design team?

One of the goals of the IgnitED Fund is to help support the development of the eating disorder researcher workforce. This means your co-design team will need to include representation from one or more of the following:

  • Higher Degree by Research students (HDR) who are enrolled in a postgraduate research course at university

  • Early Career Researchers (ECR) who have completed a PhD and are in the early stages of working in an academic role

  • Lived experience researchers

  • Clinician researchers

  • Emerging researchers from other relevant groups or organisations

What do you mean by ‘Lived Experience-led IgnitED applications’?

This means that the lead applicant will be a person/people with lived experience expertise.

Lived experience refers to people who have a personal experience of an eating disorder, or who are the family member, partner, carer or supporter of someone who has experienced an eating disorder.

 

People with lived experience expertise are strongly encouraged to submit an application.

At least one IgnitED grant will be awarded to a Lived Experience-led applicant.

What do you mean by ‘Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander-led IgnitED applications’?

This means that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander new idea applications need to be First Peoples-led.

 

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged to submit an application.

 

At least one IgnitED grant will be awarded to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander led applicant.

I have a great idea, but I don’t know any researchers to partner with. What should I do?

No worries! When you complete the application form, please tick the box that indicates you would like to be connected with a researcher, and/or a HDR/ECR/emerging researcher to complete your team.  

 

We will try and connect you with a researcher from your local area. We’d like to help you to make connections with researchers you can establish an ongoing relationship with.

I have a great idea, but I don’t know anyone with lived experience expertise to partner with. What should I do?

Lead applicants who are researchers are encouraged to form a co-design team that is relevant to your bright idea.

 

If you don’t know anyone with lived experience expertise that you can partner with, that’s ok.

When you complete the application form, please tick the box that indicates you would like to be connected with people who have lived experience expertise.

How long should the project last?

The project needs to be completed within six months of the agreement being made. But if you finish before that, that’s okay too.

 

If additional time is required, applicants can submit a request explaining the need for an extension. The decision will be considered and made in collaboration with the Centre's program co-leads.

How does the funding process work?
  • The person who submits the application will be the lead applicant.

  • The lead applicant will enter into an agreement with the Australian Eating Disorders Research & Translation Centre (the Centre) which is part of the University of Sydney.

  • If you are successful, we will tell you what information you need to supply us.

  • Funding will be provided to the lead applicant.

What can I spend the money on?

Funding is meant to be used in a planned and structured way to test or develop your brilliant idea. You will need to submit a budget that identifies all the costs you expect to incur. It can be used on:

  • fees or salary for people who are involved in and essential to your proposal and who aren’t already funded through another grant

  • the cost of paying people with lived experience to participate in a focus group or attend a consultation

  • the cost of paying for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community consultation

  • expenses for project related activities like room hire, catering, production costs, materials and consumables like stationery

  • accessibility and access-related expenses for people with lived experience eg. translation services, child-care or transport to a consultation

  • travel (not overseas or interstate) that relates specifically to executing the plan.

What can’t I spend the money on?
  • Things that aren’t related directly to the project or agreed between you and the Centre.

  • Any costs that were incurred before the formal start of your activity – that is, the start day indicated on the agreement that you establish with the Centre.

  • International activities, partnerships or travel.

  • Interstate activities, partnerships or travel.

  • Top-up or maintenance funding for another grant or funded activity.

  • Delivery of new or existing services or interventions (eg. counselling, art therapy).

  • Capital purchases (like computers), loans or investments.

  • Any agency/organisation’s infrastructure or operating costs.

  • Any agency/organisation’s indirect/administration costs.

I haven’t been successful, now what?
  • If your application is not selected this time, it doesn’t mean you haven’t got a great idea.

  • We will try and give everyone who applies some feedback about what could have strengthened their application.

Where can I find out more about the types of eating disorders?
I still have a question. Who can I contact?
  • If you still have a question, please email: admin@eatingdisordersresearch.org.au

  • If you ask a question, the question and the answer will be added to the FAQ list so that everyone is able to benefit from the additional information provided.