Launch of the AusAID Research Strategy 2012–16 and the AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) 2012
23 July, 2012
AusAID has today released its Research Strategy for 2012–16 setting out how we will fund research over the next four years. It will help us work with our research partners more effectively and to increase the impact of research for the world’s poorest people.
The Australian Government is now calling for proposals for the 2012 round of the AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme. AusAID is offering competitive grants to researchers within Australia and internationally to support long term primary research on priority themes.
Why the research strategy is important
Photo: Gender-based violence project research team
AusAID funds research to improve the relevance, quality and effectiveness of Australian aid in developing countries.
The research assists decision-making and plays a lead role in finding solutions to development challenges and opportunities.
AusAID’s Research Strategy 2012–16 aims to increase the relevance, quality and effectiveness of research we fund by:
- Setting research priorities to guide research investment
- Increasing the proportion of competitively funded research
- Enhancing performance oversight and quality through stronger central governance and support
- Improving access to and transparency of research results
- Building capacity to undertake and use research in Australia and our partner countries
Research can have a significant impact on development outcomes. For example:
The Gender-based violence amongst women with disabilities in Cambodia project funded through ADRAS found that women with disabilities experience much higher levels of violence than women without disabilities. The research team of CBM Australia, Monash University, the International Women’s Development Agency and their Cambodian partners Banteay Srei and the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation, is now working with the Cambodian government and partners to develop inclusive programs to support women with disabilities who experience violence in Cambodia. A working paper from this research is due for publication later in 2012.
AusAID’s Research Strategy 2012–16
AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS)
Last Reviewed: 23 July, 2012