Lowitja Institute provides Major Grants to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations. A Major Grant is for a period of two years and the maximum amount available per project is $200,000.

As part of our commitment to Knowledge Translation, an additional $20,000 grant is offered to all recipients of Lowitja Institute’s Major Grant within 12 months of the commencement date, to support organisations to deliver on their vision and aspirations in relation to research impact. This grant assists in getting the right message to the right audience, to achieve impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

We awarded 16 organisations from our Major Grant Round 2022.

Our next round of Major Grants will open in early 2024

Community-led research

Aboriginal-led research will influence policy and practice within the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC) and other relevant funding organisations to ensure knowledge is rapidly translated into measurable improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Australia-wide.

The Major Grants provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to transform their ideas into reality. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Major Grants for 2022–23 support the research of new ideas that align to one of the Lowitja Institute Research Agenda themes:

Empowerment – this theme seeks to address the ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can take responsibility for, and control of their everyday lives to support decision making and behaviour change that contribute to self-determination and social transformation.

Sovereignty – this theme seeks to address the ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can celebrate and improve sovereignty over their health and wellbeing. This can be interpreted as concepts such as agency and control, access to services, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership.

Connectedness – this theme seeks to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ relationship and belonging to environment and country for strong health and wellbeing and the way belonging, environment and country is reflected and strengthened through knowledge translation.

Cultural safety and respectful systems – this theme seeks to address the ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique physical, mental, social, spiritual, and cultural needs are embedded at all levels of health care from policy development and implementation to health service management and delivery, research and education and training to improve health system quality and safety.

Who can apply?

The Major Grants are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations only.

What is the criteria?

Organisations are not expected to have research experience for the Major Grants. Organisations that do not have existing relationships with researchers or internal research expertise are welcome to contact us if they are interested in discussing how we might assist in pairing them with a suitable researcher.

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