Apply for a Grant

 

Overview - apply for a grant

AAG Research Trust is dedicated to providing AAG members with competitive research grants to conduct research projects and programs aligned with the AAG Research Trust purpose and research priorities. Managed by a national group of volunteer committees, the grants program is a significant contribution to support, grow and scale the research capacity of AAG members.

 

The benefits of applying for one of our research grants goes beyond the dollar amount. Our dedicated Grants Committee want researchers to succeed and provide tips and hints on how to apply for a grant, outlining what the Grants Committee are looking for in a research grant submission. Our awardee program helps to amplify research projects and profile and supports awardees to foster new research networks and collaborative opportunities.

How to apply -

Watch our webinar (below) for 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 Q&A panel answer questions from our audience of potential applicants.

Click here to watch the ‘how to apply’ recording

  • Click here to begin your grant application (automated form designed by Causeis using existing AAG website content)
  • · Past awardees (please copy across content and pictures of past awardees from the current AAG website)

Awardee case studies

Grant recipient awardees receive stewardship from the AAG Research Trust to help amplify their research and profile. You can view completed awardee case studies here.

About our Research grants

AAG Research Trust has three annual grant giving programs:

  • Strategic Innovation Program, 2022 funding round now closed Click here for further information
  • RM Gibson Program, 2022 funding round now closed Click here for further information
  • Hal Kendig Research Development Program, 2022 funding round now closed Click here for further information
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community focus Click here for further information

Research grants schedule

RM Gibson grant

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 2022 funding round has now closed - the 2023 funding round will be announced on Thursday 8th December 2022.

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.

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.

Click here to watch the recording

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.

Previous RM Gibson Awardees

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

2022 Grant Awardees
2021 Grant Awardees
2020 Grant Awardees
2019 Grant Awardees
2018 Grant Awardees
2017 Grant Awardees
2016 Grant Awardees
2015 Grant Awardees

2022 Hal Kendig Research Development Program

The 2022 Hal Kendig Research Development Program funding round has now closed.

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.

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.

Priority will be given to applied research to improve the experience of vulnerable older people in advanced aged with a strong emphasis on psycho-social research and quality of life.

Professor Hal Kendig was as a leader and a powerful influence in shaping a national and international discourse on ageing, as well as a great advocate for the needs of older people. This Program reflects Hal's many outstanding contributions as well as his wish to continue to support early career researchers in their pursuit of research excellence. The Program is made possible by Hal’s family making an extraordinarily generous donation of $730,000 to the AAG Research Trust for the Hal Kendig Research Development Program, following Hal’s passing in June 2018. For more information regarding the late Emeritus Professor Hal Kendig please click here.

Who should apply

Any AAG member who meets the Australian Research Council definition of an Early Career Researcher (the first five years full time equivalent post PhD, taking into account career interruption – see guidelines for definition) is eligible to apply.

Grants available in 2022
Two $20,000 grants for projects of 18 month duration are available in this funding round. Our assessment process is underway for this year now that the application window has closed.

Hints and tips for applying for a grant from the AAG Research Trust - Webinar

In February 2021 we held a free webinar providing hints and tips for applying to AAG Research Trust 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

Previous awardees of the Hal Kendig Program

Click here to read about the 2021 awardees and their research projects.

Click here to read about the 2020 awardees and their research projects.

Click here to read about the 2019 awardees and their research projects.

Click here to watch a recording of the official launch of the Hal Kendig Research Development Program and presentations to 2019 awardees at the 52nd AAG Conference in Sydney.

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

Strategic Innovation Program

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.

The 2022 funding round has now closed - the 2023 funding round will be announced on Thursday 8th December 2022.

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, and practitioners engaged in research, are strongly encouraged.

Previous Awardees of the Strategic innovation Program

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

2022 Strategic Innovation Program Awardees
2021 Strategic Innovation Program Awardees
Due to a re-shuffle of funding round timings there were no 2020 awards
2019 Strategic Research Grants Awardees
2018 Strategic Research Grants Awardees

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

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.

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 some questions from our audience of potential applicants.

Click here to watch the recording