Our Research Funding Program

In order to achieve our purpose to drive research for a world without Sanfilippo Syndrome, we have a robust funding program in place.

At the centre of this is our annual competitive research grant process, providing three types of grant funding: Translational Research Grants, Incubator Grants, Scholarships & Fellowships.


Our Process

All research grant applications we receive are assessed through a robust peer review process involving our Scientific Advisory Board and external reviewers.

Following this process validates that the research being proposed is:

  • Scientifically valid, relevant and significant
  • Timely and achievable
  • Not duplicating other work
  • Using appropriate methodologies
  • Carried out by researchers with the right skills and facilities
  • Providing value for money.

Our Stakeholders

Funds we receive from regular donors, family and community fundraising activities, trusts and foundations, and major gifts and bequests are used to fund research that has the greatest chance of having an impact on the lives of children affected by Sanfilippo.

There are several key stakeholder groups involved in our Research Funding Program:

  • Scientific Advisory Board (review applications submitted for funding, make recommendations and guide research strategy)
  • External Peer Reviewers (provide an international perspective and expert opinion on specialised topics in grant applications)
  • Board of Directors (make final funding decisions based on the recommendations of our Scientific Advisory Board and alignment with our research strategy)

More information is available here detailing our Peer Review Policy and Scientific Advisory Board Terms of Reference.

How to Apply for Funding

Project Grant Round

The Sanfilippo Children's Foundation calls for expressions of interest in February each year for: 

  • Translational Research Grants which provide funding for projects with significant potential to move through the translational pipeline towards treatment. This includes pre-clinical and clinical research to develop new treatments.
  • Incubator Grants which focus on small scale projects investigating bright new ideas with the potential to generate results that may attract larger-scale funding.

We fund research worldwide, with priority given to projects most relevant to our objectives regardless of geography, discipline or researcher.

2020 Funding Timeline

  • Grant round opens: 24 February 2020
  • Deadline for the submission of expressions of interest: 31st March 2020
  • Successful expressions of interest will be notified in mid-April  
  • Deadline for full applications: 22 May 2020
  • Funding decisions will be made in August/September 2020. 

Extension until 31st March

PLEASE NOTE:  EOI deadline has been extended until 31st March.  If your ability to submit an EOI has been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic and you require a longer extension, please get in touch: dani@sanfilippo.org.au and please cc. research@sanfilippo.org.au

How to apply

If using Internet Explorer, right click the Expression of Interest link and save the file to your local computer. If you have any further problems, please email us for a form.

For more information, please email dani@sanfilippo.org.au

Postgraduate Scholarships

The Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation aims to support promising health and medical researchers early in their careers to build next-generation capability in the Sanfilippo field of research.

We have partnered with the NHMRC, Adelaide University and Flinders University to offer supplementary scholarships to students undertaking PhD projects relevant to Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation’s research strategy. The awards will be at the discretion of our Scientific Advisory Board. 


In partnership with the NHMRC, we are offering Post Graduate Scholarships to fund outstanding health and medical graduates to attain a research-based postgraduate degree (PhD or a Masters Degree) in the Sanfilippo field.

Applications can be made via the NHMRC’s Postgraduate Scholarship application process.

Adelaide University

Applications are invited for a supplementary scholarship leading to the degree of PhD in the Faculty of Health Sciences or Science at the University of Adelaide. The scholarship will be for up to 3 years and has a stipend of $5000 per annum (on top of the stipend awarded by the university). More information is available on the Adelaide University website. 

Flinders University

Applications are invited for a supplementary scholarship leading to the degree of PhD at Flinders University, South Australia. The scholarship will be for up to 3 years and has a stipend of $5000 per annum (on top of the stipend awarded by the university).

For more information, please contact us.