Bellberry Donation Model
Bellberry’s not for profit status has been important to Bellberry’s Directors from the outset as they recognised the benefits research has on the health outcomes for Australians. Since its inception, the Company’s altruistic model has seen the operational functions of the business supported first and any surplus money donated to human medical research undertaken within Australia.
The Directors are very proud that more than $3.5 million has been donated to Australian research since 2004.
How are donation recipients selected?
The Board recognises that the selection of appropriate research is better placed with organisations that have appropriate expertise and selection processes in place. As a result, applications for funding are not accepted. The donations focus on research projects from the NHMRC round of grants and are provided to assist PhD students and researchers within the university sector. Approaches are made by the Directors to a single university on the basis that a grant will be made to the university. The university then determines which of the relevant NHMRC grant applications should receive the funding.
Bellberry continued supporting the Fellowship scheme in conjunction with the Viertel Foundation. The Bellberry-Viertel Fellow for 2017 was Associate Professor Di Yu from the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease, Australian National University. A/Prof Yu will work on investigating the differentiation and function of novel cytotoxic T cell subset, with the aim of harnessing this newly idenitifed cell type to come up with new ways to treat diseases including HIV and B cell lymphoma.
Applications for 2018 opened on the first day of February and closed on the last day of April 2018. Information about the application process can be found here