Strategic Innovation Program


The AAG Research Trust’s Strategic Innovation Program facilitates dynamic and responsive research that aims to improve the experience of ageing through innovation in policy and practice (that is, through research translation). Priorities areas under this program are:

  • Proposals that develop research that improves the experience of ageing through innovation in policy and practice
  • Proposals with a substantive focus on the health and wellbeing of older Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their communities, and/or is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander-led

The Strategic Innovation Program is made possible by the generous bequest from the estate of William Peter Steele Nicolson.


Current grant round

In 2023, two grants of up to $30,000 each for 18 months will be awarded. An additional grant of up to $30,000 for 18 months may be funded through a partnership with the Dementia Australia Research Foundation (DARF), for an application with a substantive dementia focus.


Dates for 2023

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



Applicants (lead investigators) must be current AAG members for the duration of their funded project.

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

The guidelines explain the aim of the Strategic Innovation 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 Strategic Innovation Program and celebrate the success of previous 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