RM Gibson Program


The RM Gibson Program, formerly known as the RM Gibson Research Fund, supports early career researchers and practitioners working across the multidisciplinary field of ageing.

The program was set up to honour the memory of Dr Richard (Dick) Maxwell Gibson, 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. In 1996, a biography of Dick written by Margaret Henry was published in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Targeting the next generation of researchers in ageing, RM Gibson Program grants are awarded for work that improves the experience of ageing through innovation in research, policy and/or practice.


Current grant round

In 2023, the RM Gibson Program is offering:

  • Up to three grants of up to $10,000 (inc GST) each, for projects up to 18 months in duration; and
  • A possible additional grant of up to $10,000 (inc GST), for projects up to 18 months in duration for applications with a substantive dementia focus, made possible through a partnership between the AAG Research Trust and the Dementia Australia Research Foundation (DARF).


Dates for 2023

Applications open on 1 March 2023 and close on 14 April 2023.



Applicants must follow the grant guidelines and submit their application through this website. 

The guidelines explain the aim of the RM Gibson Program, grant eligibility and conditions, assessment criteria and the application process.

The application form is provided in Word format. Please save the document on your computer before starting your application. Do not delete any sections or alter the wording/sequence of the questions. Use the 'application checklist' at the end of the form to review your application before submitting it. 


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Awardee showcase

We encourage you to read about the work done by previous grant recipients. These stories demonstrate the type of projects funded through the RM Gibson Program and celebrate the success of previous 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