Policy, Research & International

The Hal Kendig Research Development Program

AAG was inundated with tributes to Professor Hal Kendig when he passed away in June 2018. Hal was a leader and a powerful influence in shaping a national discourse on ageing, as well as a great advocate for the needs of older people. He received numerous awards including Honorary Life Membership from AAG.

Hal's family subsequently made an extraordinarily generous donation of $730,000 to the AAG Research Trust to establish the Hal Kendig Research Development Program. This donation reflects Hal's many outstanding contributions as well as his wish to continue to support early career researchers in their pursuit of research excellence that furthers the interests of vulnerable people approaching advanced age.

The inaugural funding round for the Hal Kendig Research Development Program will open on 3rd June and close on 29 July 2019. Two $20,000 grants will be made available. It will run concurrently with the 2019 Strategic Research Grants program.

The Hal Kendig Research Development Program’s purpose is to support early career researchers to improve their track record to lead to an ARC Grant or Fellowship or comparable research funding, and to support a discrete research effort that provides evidence and critical thinking that furthers the interests of vulnerable older people in advanced age (with a strong emphasis on psycho-social research and quality of life).

The grants do this by providing targeted support for targeted and responsive research in ageing in Australia that is strategic to the career development of the applicant, as well as important to improving the experience of ageing.

The grants program is also 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 Hal Kendig Research Development Program is structured as a sub-fund of the AAG Research Trust.

For more information regarding the late Emeritus Professor Hal Kendig please click here.

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