The purpose of Lowitja Institute’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Seeding Grant Scheme is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to grow small ideas, transform, and action research from community priorities into meaningful research projects.

The 2023 scheme was redesigned to offer three separate funding streams. Acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems, these streams aim to support all levels of research readiness; from community controlled organisations which have never led research before through to early career researchers partnering with communities to undertake a small research program.

Seeding Grant funding streams 2023

Stream 1: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Seeding Symposium 
This stream has been curated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities which have not led research before. Community members will have the opportunity to participate in a symposium, including a workshop to develop their ideas for research. Indigenous researcher leaders will support communities to develop a research proposal to submit to our Major Grants program.

Stream 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Seeding Grant
This stream has been curated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities which may or may not have led research before but have the resources and relationships to bring together key stakeholders to develop their own research proposal to submit to our Major Grants program. Funding of up to $15,000 is available in this stream.

Stream 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Career Researcher Partnership Grant
This is a partnership grant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career researchers who wish to conduct a research project in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations. The evidence drawn from this stream should result in a major grant application submitted external to Lowitja Institute. Funding of up to $50,000 is available in this stream. 

Applications for 2023 Seeding Grants closed on 19 November 2023. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified in January 2024.

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