Indigenous Research Exchange


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AIATSIS is pleased to announce that applications for the Indigenous Research Exchange Grants are now open.

AIATSIS welcomes applications from people or organisations who wish to undertake projects in the following funding priority areas:

  • Indigenous governance and prosperity
  • Cultural resurgence and resilience

Funding can only be used to support and commission projects led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As such, local Indigenous community organisations are encouraged to apply for funding themselves or in partnership with other organisations or institutions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and projects with strong Indigenous governance are also encouraged to apply.

Grants will be awarded up to $200,000. Only single year projects will be considered in the 2020 round.

Please read the Funding Rules and Guidelines (PDF, 800KB) before applying.

Applications must be received on or before 28 February 2020.

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About the Exchange

AIATSIS has established the Indigenous Research Exchange to identify and fund research priorities for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations.

The Exchange, together with Indigenous people and organisations, will focus on translating research into practical information and action, while addressing gaps in the evidence base.

A critical component of the Exchange will be the development of a central online portal for data and evidence, to create a powerful resource for community-based leadership and community-led decision making.

By using the Exchange, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, governments and organisations will be able to assess where investment needs to be focused into the future, to ensure the best outcomes are delivered for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Partner with us

AIATSIS is looking for partners and collaborators to guide the ongoing useability, relevance and research priorities of the Exchange. This will ensure the longevity and legacy beyond initial funding.

Partnerships and collaborations could include:

  • Financial and/or in-kind support (technology, infrastructure, contributing research etc.);
  • Provision of data, images or other media;
  • Peer review of research projects;
  • Advisory support;
  • Tender and research evaluation;
  • User-centred design and community engagement;
  • Priorities for commissioned research; and
  • Capability training in research and analysis.

The Indigenous Research Exchange was established as part of major Budget components announced in 2017 (PDF, 50KB) to support a whole-of-government research and evaluation strategy for policies and programs affecting Indigenous Australians.  

If you are interested in being involved please get in touch:

Last reviewed: 22 Jan 2020