How to Apply

Research Grants Program

Due to the fast evolving COVID-19 situation, the Indonesia Project has decided to postpone this year’s research grant process. For those who have already submitted their application, the application will be considered as soon as the grant process resumes in the future. We will make an announcement when the grant process is resumed on our website. Many thanks for your interest in our grants and other activities.

**We have received a number of questions following the announcement and would like to provide some further clarification.

Subject to funding availability, we are aiming to resume the grant process once the various travel bans and lockdowns have been lifted. Many of the grants applications involve travel and fieldwork, which is simply not possible at this time.

To be fair to those that were developing applications but did not submit it before the announcement, we will continue to accept applications until the close of business (COB) 7 April. All grant applications submitted by COB 7 April will be considered when the grant process resumes.

When the grant process resumes we will allow existing applicants to update proposals if necessary, and will also consider accepting new proposals.

Thank you for your patience in these trying times and we will be in touch when there is any update.**

Call for proposals

Indonesia Project Research Grants 2020

Offered by the ANU Indonesia Project, in collaboration with the SMERU Research Institute, the Indonesia Project Research Grants fund innovative, important and high quality research projects conducted by Indonesian researchers. The grants also encourage collaboration between Indonesian and Australian research organizations. Researchers in an Indonesian university or research institute from the following areas are encouraged to apply: (i) Trade and Industry, (ii) Politics and Governance, (iii) Agriculture, Resources and the Environment, (iv) Social Policy and Human Capital. Applicants are expected to find at least one co-applicant in an Australian university or research institute to collaborate on the project.

Application form 2020


The research grants provide funding of $AU 5,000 to $AU 15,000 for projects of up to 12 months. The grants are intended to cover the cost of initiating new research activities, such as travel costs, field work, data collection or research assistance. The grants are not meant to cover salary costs of applicants or overhead costs by the applicant institutes.

Who can apply?

The grant is intended to support and strengthen research done by Indonesian researchers, and provide Indonesian researchers with opportunities to engage with researchers in Australia. As such partnerships of Indonesian and Australian universities and research institutes are eligible to submit proposals. The main applicant should be a senior Indonesian researcher based at the Indonesian partner institute; the co-applicant should be a researcher based at the Australian partner institute; the other-researchers can be researchers based at any partner institute.

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be assessed on the basis of academic quality and research potential. We will give priority to proposals that show prospect for long term collaboration between Indonesian and Australian institutes and obtaining additional funding.

Proposals should specify research objectives, background, significance and innovative aspects, policy relevance, expected outcomes and deliverables, timeline and budget.

Dates and time line

Applications close on 31 March 2020. Applicants will be notified by the end of April 2020.

Proposals can be submitted to the Indonesia Project at

For more information please contact

Sarah Dong


Application form 2020

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