The Guiding Local Opportunities for Wellbeing (GLOWS) Grant Program 2024–26 offers scholarships and research grants to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations and their partners for work relating to HIV and viral hepatitis over the next three years. 

In partnership with Gilead Sciences and The University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Lowitja Institute aims to further increase health equity, address disparities that continue to drive disease transmission, and work towards elimination of HIV and viral hepatitis in all of our communities.  

In the first year of the program, five different grant types will be offered. These include large and medium projects, focused on providing opportunities for research and community programs aimed at addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community needs. The program will also include incubator, seeding or demonstration grants, scholarships, and education grants.  

Funding tiers will range from $800,000 over two years, to seeding grants and scholarships of $30,000 and $25,000. 

GLOWS Tier 1 and Tier 2 Grants 

The aims of GLOWS Tier 1 and Tier 2 Grants are: 

  • to ensure that the research commissioned is of high impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • that it represents value for money
  • that it is led and owned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
  • that it has direct benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples and communities. 

Research funded through these grants must address the overall goal of the program, being to increase health equity and address disparities that continue to drive the transmission of HIV/viral hepatitis within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and work towards elimination.​ 

GLOWS Tier 1 Grant 

Number: may vary 
Value: up to $800,000 
Duration: 2.5-year project 

GLOWS Tier 2 Grant 

Number: may vary 
Value: up to $300,000 
Duration: 2-year project 

GLOWS Tier 3 Grants 

The GLOWS Tier 3 Grants aim to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations the opportunity to identify or explore research priorities within their community related to HIV and viral hepatitis infections, diagnosis, and treatment.​

Funding is also available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Career Researchers, to provide an opportunity to explore and strengthen community research priorities and to generate the evidence needed to develop a research proposal.​ This funding will contribute to bringing together key stakeholders and partners to develop a research project ready to be undertaken. ​ Successful applicants will be required to develop a research proposal at the end of the grant period. 

Please note: the grant timeframe cannot be extended. ​ 

Number: may vary
Value: up to $30,000
Duration: 3 months 

GLOWS National Gathering ​Grant 

The GLOWS National Gathering Grant is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are working at or in partnership with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisation in Australia. ​The two-day gathering is an opportunity to come together and share experiences and knowledge of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV/viral hepatitis and research into HIV/viral hepatitis. ​This will be a chance to work alongside people with lived experience of HIV/viral hepatitis, people providing support to those living with HIV/viral hepatitis, and senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research leaders, to discuss topics such as developing research ideas, research ethics, and knowledge translation.  

Number: may vary 
Value: up to $150,000
Duration: 1 year 

Scholarships

The GLOWS Grant Program offers two scholarship streams as follows: 

  1. GLOWS Scholarships  

The aim of GLOWS Scholarship funding is to offer offer supplementary financial support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate and postgraduate students wanting to develop their skills and knowledge on how to increase health equity and address disparities that continue to drive the transmission of HIV/viral hepatitis within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through studies that would support their entry into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce.​  

Number: may vary
Value: up to $25,000
Duration: 1 year 

  1. MAE Scholarships 

The aim of the MAE scholarship is to attract and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake a Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE). The objective of this scholarship is to support an MAE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholar through their studies which would support their entry into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce.​  

Number: may vary 
Value: up to $55,000 
Duration: 1 year 

The GLOWS Grant Program will be open for applications soon.

For all enquires, please contact glows@lowitja.org.au

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