Research /Grants Opportunities

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Australia-India Council Grants Program

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The objectives of the Australia-India Council Grant Program are to:

  • raise awareness of Australia in India, and of India in Australia, in a way that encourages further growth in relations between the two countries, including in the trade and investment relationship
  • promote exchange and collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations in fields of relevance to the bilateral strategic partnership
  • deliver high quality programs that demonstrate Australia’s economic credentials and technical excellence to influential audiences in India
  • seek community involvement in, and private sector support for, the Council’s diplomacy efforts including by encouraging corporate investment in collaborations that advance Australia India relations
  • publicise the Council’s activities as a means of encouraging broad support for the Council’s role and the bilateral relationship.

Priority areas

  • Develop new innovative mechanisms to enhance outcomes in one or more of the 10 economic sectors identified in the India Economic Strategy.
  • Develop new innovative social ventures that build on signature national or bilateral initiatives such as India’s unique identity Aadhaar scheme or Australia India Strategic Research Fund projects on health, agribusiness, water, energy and resources, and urban infrastructure.
  • Recognise and capitalise on the shared democratic, institutional and cultural traditions of Australia and India, for example, through our common parliamentary and legal systems, shared challenges in supporting gender equality and women in leadership, children, young people, Indigenous communities and diaspora.
  • Build connections between Australia and India through joint projects in an educational or community setting.

Planned timelines

Applications Open9 am (AEDT) Wednesday,
5 February 2019
Applications close 2 pm (AEST) Thursday,
28 March 2019
Assessment of applications 9-12 weeks
Approval of outcomes of selection
July 2019
Negotiations and award of grant
July 2019
Notification to unsuccessful
July 2019
Project activity to commence
Before June 2020

Grant funding

Grants will be provided to a number of small and medium projects (up to a maximum of $150,000 each) that demonstrate a clear capacity to maximise impact by fostering ground-breaking and catalytic collaborations.

Project costs relate to the scope of the grant activity, its complexity, proposed outcomes, and strategic advantage, and should be proportionate with administration and sensible risk management expectations.

Co-contributions from you and other parties strengthen your application.

Access to the grant guidelines and online application form are available here
Successful grant applications also take into consideration the Australia-India Council Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020.

Australia-ASEAN Council Grants

The 2019-20 Australia-ASEAN Grants round is now open. To apply, please see the SmartyGrants website.
Applications close 4pm (AEDT) on Thursday 28 March 2019.

Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) grants generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in Southeast Asia.

The AAC’s mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia’s interests in Southeast Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and ten Southeast Asian countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

More information and access to grant guidelines can be found by visiting the DFAT webste

Australia-Japan Foundation grants

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites applications for its Australia-Japan Foundation grants. These aim to advance Australia’s engagement with Japan by supporting people-to-people linkages; amplifying and shifting perceptions of Australia in Japan to reflect contemporary Australia; and facilitating the promotion of the inventive, innovative capabilities that Australia brings to Australia-Japan collaborations across sectors. The program also seeks to bring awareness of the ongoing importance of Australia and Japan on each other’s foreign and trade policies by facilitating informed discussions. Priority areas are:

• communication, information and advocacy;
• economic diplomacy and geopolitics;
• education and Australian studies;
• reconstruction, in relation to the natural disasters Australia and Japan face;
• scientific innovation;
• society, culture and sport.

Proposals that demonstrate potential to strategically shift and advance the Australia-Japan relationship in a sustainable way are welcomed.

Individuals who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, Australian non-for profit organisations, private or public entities with an Australian business, company or indigenous corporation number, state and government bodies, corporate Commonwealth entities and Japanese citizens and organisations may apply. Consortia are eligible. Financial co-contributions are viewed favourably.

For more information visit DFAT website for access to the guidelines.

Faculty Compact Funding Opportunity

Research Development Grants application form and guidelines are now available on the shared drive and will posted to the Faculty website shortly. This is an ongoing round that will be open for 2019.

The Development Grants are targeted at early to mid career researchers and will be capped at $5,000. The funding must be spent in the 2019 calendar year and academics can apply for up to 2 per year.

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