Policy, Research, Grants & International

Focus on research with Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities

AAG Research Trust exists to stimulate research that improves the experience of ageing through innovation in policy and practice.

Since it started in 2016, the AAG Research Trust has steadily expanded and now has three funding programs offering 10 grants in the space of ageing worth a total of $165,000 each year.

In 2020 the AAG Research Trust’s Hal Kendig Research Development Program funded $20,000 for a project on ‘Supporting psychosocial wellbeing with older Aboriginal Australians: Listening to community members' knowledge about Culture and connection’ by Dr Louise Lavrencic, who is a non-Aboriginal researcher at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).

In 2021 the AAG Research Trust developed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led focus to two funding rounds, following consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and non-Indigenous researchers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities and AAG’s ATSIAAG. An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Review Panel (the Panel) made up of three Indigenous researchers, Dr Ray Mahoney, Dr Karla Canuto and Tamara Butler, led both the review and selection process for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led applications.

In its inaugural year of focus, five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led applications across the two funding rounds were received, which represents 10% of all applications across the two programs.

Biripi woman Lauren Poulos from Neuroscience Research Australia was awarded a 2021 Strategic Innovation Program grant of $30K, which represented 24% of all funding available over the two rounds. Lauren’s project was entitled, ‘Evaluating the culturally responsive elements, effectiveness and transferability of online dementia education and training with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities’.

Following discussions between the AAG Research Trust, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Review Panel, we are building on this in 2022 by having a $7,000 dedicated grant solely for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants under the RM Gibson Program funding, whilst running the Strategic Innovation Program with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led focus as we did earlier this year. Both Programs opened on 27th January and the closing date has been extended to 22nd March 2022.

Listen to (1 minute 49 secs) Dr Ray Mahoney, Chair of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Review Panel, provide a quick update of ‘How the Trust got here’.

For 2022 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Review Panel are determining the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus and criteria for the dedicated grant and the focus within the Strategic Innovation Program. The Panel has grown to five members after a further two researchers, Nicole Hewlett and Heather D’Antoine, accepted the invitation to join the Panel.

The 2022 focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led research is supported by the AAG Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG), which has been made up of and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of AAG since 2006, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous researchers working in this area.

Click here for the members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Review Panel.

For further information on funding available through the 2022 RM Gibson Program please click here
For further information on funding available through the 2022 Strategic Innovation Program please click here

View the recent webinar focusing on AAG Research Trust’s current funding opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led research, including Q&A

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