Our approach and priorities

The purpose of the AAG Research Trust is to improve the experience of ageing through innovation in research, policy and practice.

Through our grant-giving programs, we fund innovative projects that aim to improve and optimise the lived experience of ageing, leading to a better understanding of the factors influencing ageing and its optimisation in policy and practice.

Through the generosity of donors, AAG Research Trust currently has three annual grant giving program programs:

In 2021, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus was established to help to address the lack of knowledge and take action to address cultural, psychological, social, economic and environmental issues amongst First Nation elders and to learn from their strengths. The focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research is supported by AAG's Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG).


Our strategic drivers for 2020-23

  • Impact: Build the evidence base for best practice programs and policies
  • Targeted: Address emerging and overlooked areas that are not currently supported
  • Leadership: Invest in researchers, practitioners and thinking that has potential to make a significant difference to the experience of ageing
  • Collaboration: Engage different disciplines, professions and sectors to work across boundaries on shared initiatives
  • Growth: Build and manage the trust funds effectively

Our impact

Through collaboration, our research grants attract and enable AAG members, partners, advocates and other stakeholders to connect and contribute knowledge, insights, data, experience and expertise to transform ageing with evidence-informed amendments and improvements in policy and practice.

By investing in ageing research, we will all be better informed to make important decisions affecting Australians across the lifecourse, and allow individuals and society to realise the benefits of increasing longevity. Our impact will be realised when:

  • Innovative research is translated into policy and practice to enable us to address the challenges of ageing and maximise the benefits of living longer.
  • More options, opportunities, flexibility and choices are available for older Australians to effectively and efficiently personalise, manage and adapt to life changes.

Current research priorities


Priority area 1

Research that crosses traditional, professional and disciplinary boundaries and that explicitly aims to innovate policy and practice in the broad space of ageing and increased longevity.

Priority area 2

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community focus for whole-of-person, multidisciplinary research into ageing and increased longevity needs and to learn from their strengths.

Priority area 3

Seed-fund and incubate innovative research projects and programs.

Priority area 4

Establish Community Focus Areas in unmet and emerging community needs including climate change.

Priority area 5

Attract leading and early career researchers to build capacity in ageing research and practice.