Flexible funding is amazing. I feel like I now have the ability to really demonstrate that there is an opportunity to have impact elsewhere and that funding would be great in that space.
It has given me the opportunity to breathe and explore my options.
I never want to go for the low hanging fruit, but I know that's always a good place to get started when you're going to change into a new field. This new area of interest will require interstate collaborations, as no one at Telethon Kids or in WA is doing it- I am keeping it quite close to chest at the moment.
I need to have deeper conversations with key people to see what’s going to be a feasible approach. Bringing a new area of research and building a team around me at any institute is no small feat.
If I cannot get that going soon, the money will still be well spent on the next stage of my Asthma project which I am also very passionate about.