Policy, Research, Grants & International
RM Gibson Program 2022
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.
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.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led applications
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 click here for more information.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led applications are eligible to apply for both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dedicated Grant supported by the RM Gibson Program and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led focus within the Strategic Innovation Program, although each application must be for a different project. Both Programs are from AAG Research Trust.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants may apply for other grants from the AAG Research Trust if they are not applying for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander opportunities detailed above.
Grants available in 2022
Four grants of up to $7,000 each for 18 months will be awarded in the 2022 RM Gibson Program round, with scope for the AAG Research Trust’s Grants Committee (Grants Committee) to recommend adjustment to this amount if considered necessary.
Plus one additional $7,000 grant dedicated solely for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
An additional grant of $7,000 for 18 months for an application with a substantive dementia focus may be funded as part of a partnership between the AAG Research Trust and Dementia Australia Research Foundation. 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 to a quality and fundable application.
The 2022 funding round will be run in parallel with the 2022 Strategic Innovation Program Please note that applicants cannot apply for both of these funding rounds (subject to an exception for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants - see applicant guidelines). There is no limit as to how many times a person may be listed as a co-researcher in another person's application.
Applications closed at 11.55pm AEDT on 22nd March 2022 having been extended by one week due to recent events.
LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
On 11th February 2021 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.
Background on the RM Gibson Program
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.
Please click on the links below for information on previous RM Gibson Program (formerly known as the RM Gibson Research Fund) awardees.