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Information for SIG Convenors and Co-Convenors

Thank you for volunteering to be a SIG Convenor or Co-Convenor. Please find below information you may find useful.

SIG Convenors handbook

 SIG Convenors handbook.

Annual Funding

Every SIG is entitled to up to $800 per annum, available upon application by the SIG Convenors. These funds may be used for a variety of purposes, and are primarily intended as a means of supporting SIG participation and contributing to the work of SIGS within the AARE community. For example, SIGs may wish to utilize annual funding to contribute to the cost of informal meetings during the year, or to contribute to other special activities, such as holding webinars, workshops, symposia or other events Activities supported by annual funding should be open to all members of the relevant SIG.

Queries regarding applications, or possible uses for annual funding should be directed to the SIG Coordinator, Sue Saltmarsh, at sigs@aare.edu.au.

Guidelines for annual funding can be found here.

HOW TO APPLY: SIG Convenors should complete the application form available here and return to sigs@aare.edu.au.

The reporting form for Annual Funding is available here

Competitive Grants

AARE offers six $5000 grants per annum, available to SIGS on a competitive basis.

These grants are primarily intended as a means of supporting SIGs to contribute to the scholarly research capacity of their members. Competitive grants may used for purposes such as hosting an international speaker to present in the SIG strand at the annual AARE conference, to hold workshops, seminars or master classes for members of the relevant SIG, or to host a scholarly event such as a small conference or symposium. AARE welcomes innovative approaches to building research capacity, and applications for competitive grants will be assessed on merit.

Competitive grants will have a single round of funding per annum, with all applications due by 30 June and funds awarded to be expended and a report provided to AARE by 30 June the following year.

Competitive grants are subject to the following criteria:

  • competitive funding must be used for the purposes of capacity building amongst SIG members
  • events or activities funded by competitive grants must be academic in nature, and should ideally be held on an academic site (eg, university or conference venue) 
  • events or activities funded by competitive grants should be open to all members of the relevant SIG

Queries regarding applications, or possible uses for competitive funding should be directed to the SIG Coordinator, Sue Saltmarsh, at SIGS

Guidelines for Competitive Grant Funding can be found here.

HOW TO APPLY: SIG Convenors should complete the application form avaiable here and return to sigs@aare.edu.au.

The reporting form for Competitive Grant Funding is available here. The reporting form in word is available here.

AARE Policy and Guidelines on Special Interest Groups

Approved and/or updated at AARE Executive Meetings in 1996, 2000, 2001; 2008; 2009, 2011 For more information

 Establishing a SIG

Any group of 15 or more active financial members of AARE may apply to establish a new SIG related to a specific topic or area of research that is not a primary focus of any existing AARE SIG. For more information on Establishment, Continuation and Discontinuation of a SIG.

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