Policy, Research, Grants & International
Strategic Innovation Program
The 2021 Strategic Innovation Program funding round is now open
The AAG Research Trust’s Strategic Innovation Program aims to facilitate dynamic and responsive research that will improve research impact by contributing to research translation.
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 Strategic Research Grants (formerly Strategic Research Grants) is structured as a sub-fund of the AAG Research Trust. The Strategic Innovation Program initiative was made possible by the generous bequest from the estate of William Peter Steele Nicolson in 2016/17.
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 some questions from our audience of potential applicants.
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, and practitioners engaged in research, are strongly encouraged.
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
Two grants of up to $30,000 each, plus an additional grant of $30,000 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 Strategic Innovation 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Please click on the links below for information on previous Strategic Innovation Program (formerly known as the Strategic Research Grant) awardees