Most of AusAID’s research funding is provided through country programs and sector or thematic programs, with a smaller share through global programs and through AusAID’s research section. This decentralised approach ensures our portfolio of activity has close links to program design and implementation. The Research Section provides advice and guidance to program areas on research activities, and oversees AusAID’s centrally-managed research activities such as the AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS). Information and outputs related to research activities supported by AusAID’s country programs and sector or thematic programs can be found on the relevant country or sector pages on this website.
AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme
The AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme is a key component of the AusAID Research Strategy 2012–2016, the purpose of which is to improve the quality and effectiveness of Australian aid in developing countries. AusAID promotes fairness, transparency and value for money from our research investment including through the use of competitive mechanisms to fund research. The ADRAS, which is administered by AusAID’s central Research Section, supports high quality, innovative research that informs policy development. Since 2007 the ADRAS has supported 79 primary research grants and 17 systematic reviews of development research.
Listed under the relevant strategic goal are details and related research material of ongoing research activities managed by AusAID’s central Research Section. Information on research activities overseen by other areas including country or sector or thematic programs can be found on the relevant pages. Examples of outputs of centrally-managed research activities can be found under the 'Research database' tab.