Policy, Research & International

Strategic Innovation Program

The AAG Research Trust’s Strategic Innovation Program facilitates dynamic and responsive research that will improve research impact by contributing to research translation. The Strategic Research Grants is structured as a sub-fund of the AAG Research Trust.

The Strategic Research Grants initiative was made possible by the generous bequest from the estate of William Peter Steele Nicolson in 2016/17.

The Strategic Innovation Program is informed by the following principles:

  • Responding to evidence needs while remaining independent
  • Promoting multidisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration
  • Emphasising policy and/or practice implications of research, supporting strategic and applied research and research translation
  • Addressing areas of need that are neglected by large scale funding priorities
  • Providing equity of access.

The 2021 Strategic Innovation Program funding round opens on 28th January and closes on 16th March 2021

Who should apply

Any AAG member is eligible to apply, however, in accordance with the Strategic Innovation Programs focus, applications from early and mid-career researchers up to eight years post-PhD, considering career interruption (see below for definition), and practitioners engaged in research, are strongly encouraged. There is no age limit.

Grants available this year

Two grants of up to $30,000 each for 18 months will be awarded through the 2021 Strategic Innovation Program.

An additional grant will be potentially 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 Strategic Innovation Program with $30,000 awarded to a quality and fundable application with a substantive dementia focus.

This funding round will be run in parallel with the 2021 RM Gibson 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.

Please click on the links below for information on previous Strategic Innovation Program (formerly known as the Strategic Research Grant) awardees

2019 Strategic Research Grant Awardees

2018 Strategic Research Grants Awardees


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