The ACvA receives periodic requests for sponsorship, in-kind contributions and/or endorsement of conferences or events.
The ACvA also receives requests to distribute information, invitations and other materials from member organisations and others, which may be implied as endorsing the activity or material distributed.
This page outlines the guidelines that will be used for assessing these requests under the ACvA’s Sponsorship Program.
The term sponsorship, as used in these guidelines, covers all the types of support listed below.
Types of support provided
- Financial support up to the value of $2,000 per event or activity. Events and activities include conferences, seminars, webinars, roundtables and the like.
- In-kind support, including promotion of events and activities on our website, through social media, email blasts and the ACvA’s newsletter.
- Letters of support for member’s activities.
- One-off distribution of materials through relevant ACvA channels.
Other types of support will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- The event or activity for which the support is requested must be for a purpose aligned with ACvA priorities outlined at section C.
- Only ACvA members are eligible to apply for support.
- To be eligible for a package of support comprising financial and in-kind support, members must be:
- A research organisation working on or supporting CV disease in Australia
- A research individual or group working on or supporting CV disease in Australia
- A not for profit entity or association working in CV disease in Australia.
Alignment with ACvA priorities
To receive the ACvA’s support, the event or activity should meet at least one of the following:
- add value to ACvA Flagship priorities
- foster an advocacy priority, such as clinical trials and data platforms, having the potential to lead to a large collaborative grant, or an industry/academic partnership
- be targeted towards a research-related priority the ACvA wants to progress such as equity, consumer engagement, or rural and regional CV health
- support the ACvA’s capacity-building focus on early career researchers
- support strategic areas outlined in the ACvA’s published operational plan
The funding cap for the program in each calendar year is $10,000 and is subject to variation by the Board.
The maximum funding for one event or activity is $2,000. The event or activity must meet the above criteria regarding alignment with ACvA priorities. The cash contribution may be augmented by the ACvA’s in-kind support.
Additional attributes such as reach, or opportunities for international, government or other engagement, and extending ACvA membership, are also desirable. These additional attributes will be part of discussions and negotiations regarding the quantum of funding and in-kind support provided and the specific benefits to the ACvA.
No organisation or individual can apply for funding more than once in any calendar year.
The decision to award or not award funding is at the absolute discretion of the ACvA.
Benefits to the ACvA
If the ACvA provides funding, acknowledgement of funding by the ACvA is required as a condition of approval. The form this acknowledgement takes will depend on the purpose of the funding, but could include display of the ACvA logo, an ACvA speaking spot, or exhibition of ACvA programs.
Applications for funding and substantial in-kind support must be submitted using the ACvA Sponsorship Form. The form can be used to apply for any of the support types listed above. Where there is no financial or substantive in-kind support required, an email request to the ACvA will be sufficient via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for funding and substantial in-kind support will be assessed three times per year, by the ACvA Operations Team and a Board Director, who will chair the assessment process, in line with the ACvA’s conflicts of interest policy. In the event there are any conflicts of interest, assessment and final approval will be referred to the ACvA’s Executive Committee, with the ACvA’s conflicts of interest policy also applying to this part of the process.
Urgent requests can be assessed out of session, at the discretion of the ACvA.