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.

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

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