Policy, Research, Grants & International

RM Gibson Program

The 2021 RM Gibson Program funding round is now open

The aim of the RM Gibson Program is to support early researchers in the diverse fields related to ageing in Australia and the translation of the evidence base into policy and practice.

The RM Gibson Program (formerly the RM Gibson Research Fund) is structured as a sub-fund of the
AAG Research Trust. The RM Gibson Program (formerly the RM Gibson Research Development Program) was set up to honour the memory of Dr Richard (Dick) Maxwell Gibson (pictured above in collaboration with Ruth Inall, now OAM and AAG Life Member who played a foundation role in the development of gerontology within Australia and beyond. Dick made a significant contribution to AAG, including serving as National President and the inaugural Chairman of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Asia/Oceania Region. To read a biography written by Margaret Henry please click here.

On 11th February we held a free webinar providing hints and tips for applying to funding programs, along with an insight into the structure and workings of the AAG Research Trust and its Grant award processes. Our live Q&A panel were then able to answer questions from our audience of potential applicants.

Click here to watch the recording


Who should apply

The grants support researchers and practitioners, who are either post graduate students (Masters by research or PhD) or within five years of graduation from a PhD or Masters by Research, considering career interruption. There is no age limit. Undergraduates are not eligible.

The AAG Research Trust is seeking research applications that are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander led with older Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their communities, and has separate guidelines to support this. This focus is supported and informed by the AAG Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous researchers working in this area.

Grants available this year

Four grants of up to $7,000 each, plus an additional grant of $7,000 that has a substantive dementia focus as part of a partnership between the AAG Research Trust and Dementia Australia Research Foundation*, is available to be awarded through the 2021 RM Gibson Program. All grants are for 18 months.

*At the discretion of the AAG Research Trust and Dementia Australia Research Foundation, this funding may be used to expand the number of grants that can be funded under the RM Gibson Program with $7,000 awarded to a quality and fundable application with a substantive dementia focus.

This funding round will be run in parallel with the 2021 Strategic Innovation Program Please note that applicants cannot apply for both of these funding rounds. There is no limit as to how many times a person may be listed as a co-researcher in another person's application.

Click here to download the Applicant Guidelines

Click here to download the Application Form

Once you have completed your form click on the link below to submit your application:

PLEASE NOTE that you must be logged in to our website using your AAG membership credentials before you can access the submission portal.

Applications close at 11.55pm AEDT on 16th March 2021.

We strongly recommend that you check that you are able to access the submission portal well in advance of the closing date.
If you need help resetting your log in credentials please contact us on 03 8506 0525 or


Please click on the links below for information on previous RM Gibson Program (formerly known as the RM Gibson Research Fund) awardees.

2020 Grant Awardees
2019 Grant Awardees
2018 Grant Awardees
2017 Grant Awardees
2016 Grant Awardees
2015 Grant Awardees



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