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AARE Strategic Initiative Grants.

AARE Strategic Initiative Grants: Expressions of Interest 2017

AARE is calling for expressions of interest (EOIs) from AARE members in undertaking projects aligned with the following areas of our Strategic Plan:

  • Capacity (C) - Build capacity of educational researchers to conduct high quality research
  • Critical engagement (CE) - Provide forums for sharing of, and critical engagement with, knowledge in education
  • Impact (I) - Promote the visibility and uptake of research evidence in educational policy and practice

Up to five grants of up to $10,000 each are available to assist with undertaking relevant projects. Funding is for the 2017 -2018 financial year but approved activities are to take place until December 2018.

EOIs should address the requirements and use the EOI cover sheet in a maximum of four A4 pages (11 point, single spaced). All EOIs should include a detailed budget Please use the Strategic Grants Initiatives Budget Template available below. The full application, including cover page and budget template should be no more than four pages. The EOIs should be sent to by COB 11 August 2017. Applicants will be provided with an outcome by 30 August, 2017. Funds must be expended by 31 December, 2018.

EOI Form

Budget template


If proposed projects have an attendance fee, AARE members must receive a discount on this fee.

If the proposed project is likely to generate significant income above the project costs, distribution of this income must be negotiated with AARE.

All promotional material and project material must contain the AARE logo and an acknowledgment of AARE’s assistance.

Awarded funds must be spent in accordance with details provided at the time of application using the Strategic Initiatives Grants Budget Template here, unless otherwise negotiated with the Executive Management Team (EMT) AARE.

The proposed project must be undertaken by a team that includes researchers from various career stages and must be led by an ECR (i.e. within 5 years of having been awarded a doctorate).

No individual member may be named on more than one proposal.

Members are not eligible for funding in consecutive years (ie those who have received support in 2016-2017 are not eligible to apply in 2017-2018 round).

The proposed project must align with the AARE Strategic Plan objectives, Critical Engagement and/or Capacity and/or Impact. 

Research that has co-funding from other sources will be favourably considered; in such cases the team must provide evidence of the quality of the partnership (e.g. consultation during development of proposal, financial or in-kind support).

Deliverables must include an artefact (e.g. report, webinar, podcast, book, journal article) that can be launched at the 2017 AARE annual conference and/or published on the AARE website.

Lead researcher of a successful grant will be asked to provide details of how the received funds were spent in accordance with the budget submitted.


Each application will be reviewed by a Panel convened for the purpose comprising members of the Executive Management Team. Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

The extent to which the project aligns with the AARE Strategic Plan objectives (Capacity and/or Critical Engagement and/or Impact)

The extent to which the planned project is feasible and likely to produce outcomes and deliverables detailed in the application.

The extent to which an Early Career Researcher is being provided with an opportunity to lead and is provided with appropriate mentoring and support.

The extent to which other partnerships enhance the likely success of the project, or open opportunities to Early Career Researchers and others to build relevant networks.

The extent to which proposed deliverables will be useful to the AARE membership.

The extent to which the project budget is well planned and justifiable.

Report on Strategic Initiative Grants

The 2016 Strategic Initiative funding supported a pair of two-day research workshops organised by the Low SES Research Network with the aim to develop a program supporting the aim of Researching and resisting educational inequality: Reframing policy and practice. The first event was held at UniSA Magill Campus in June and the second at USQ Springfield campus in November, involving over 60 researchers from Australia and the UK. The theme for the UniSA workshop was Research Design: Towards a national frame for research with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, and aimed to build capacity to design innovative and quality research projects that engage with critical issues of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people at a national level. The workshop participants engaged in a series of critical reflections on pre-set readings, provocations and presentations on practitioner inquiry, action research and developing a design for a national research agenda. The USQ workshop focused on the topic of Redefining Impact: Towards a more complex definition of the ‘impact’ of teaching in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, and examined the complexities of determining the impact of research, teaching and schooling in disadvantaged communities. A series of panels, workshops, discussion groups and planning sessions were held, with an emphasis on progressing the activities of the network through collaborative research projects.

To date, results have included:

  • A series of 4 connected symposia (16 papers) with the BERA Commission on Poverty and Policy Advocacy at the 2016 BERA Conference in Leeds, UK, with further collaborative presentation planned for the 2017 BERA Conference in Brighton, UK and 2017 ECER Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark;
  • Participation by members of the network in a planning day at Leeds Beckett University, UK in September 2016 with colleagues from the BERA Commission on Poverty and Policy Advocacy;
  • A series of 4 connected symposia (17 papers) with the BERA Commission on Poverty and Policy Advocacy at the 2016 AARE Conference in Melbourne;
  • Programming of over 100 presentations, 4 keynote addresses and a public lecture for a three-day research event at USQ Springfield in November 2017, called Re-imagining Education for Democracy Summit;
  • Edited book under contract with Routledge.

The network continues to develop national and international links, and is working towards a series of funding bids and other collaborative projects, including further networking events and publication outcomes. The funding provided by AARE through the Strategic Initiative program has been a vital component of the growing success of the network’s activities and we are deeply grateful for the support.


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