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Research Grants Program

Call for proposals

ANU Indonesia Project and SMERU Research Institute Research Grants 2021
Offered by the ANU Indonesia Project, in collaboration with the SMERU Research Institute, the Research Grants fund innovative, important and high-quality research projects conducted by Indonesian and Australian researchers. Indonesian researchers at an Indonesian university or research institute conducting research in the following areas are invited to apply (i) Trade and Industry, (ii) Politics and Governance, (iii) Agriculture, Resources and the Environment, (iv) Social Policy and Human Capital. To facilitate research related to COVID-19 response and recovery, this year we also strongly encourage proposals from three key areas: (i) Health Security; (ii) Stability; and (iii) Economic Recovery. To be considered for the grant, applications must have at least one co-applicant at an Australian university or research institute.

Download the Application form 2021


The research grants provide funding of up to AUD8,000 for each project of up to 12 months in duration. Payments will be made in two tranches. Half the awarded value will be provided to the lead researcher at the commencement of the project. The other half will be provided to the lead researcher once a Research Report, a Financial Report and receipts have been presented.

Budget items supported:
The grants are intended to cover the cost of initiating new research activities. Funds may be used for items that support activities in the proposal, including:

  • survey costs (online only)
  • interviews (online only)
  • workshops (online only)
  • fieldwork that does not require travel or involve face-to-face interactions (such as sample collection, accessing archives)
  • purchasing data or archival material
  • language translation and interpreting services
  • specialised software central to research activities
  • specialised laboratory equipment central to research activities
  • research assistance or technical support

Budget items not supported:
The grants are not meant to cover:

  • salary costs of applicants
  • professional membership or development fees
  • institute’s overhead costs, capital works or infrastructure costs.

Furthermore, due to Covid-19 the grants cannot be used for:

  • travel-related expenses (such as conducting fieldwork within Indonesia or travel by applicants to counterpart institutes in Australia/Indonesia)
  • activities that require face-to-face interactions with participants in Indonesia or in ‘hot-spots’ in Australia. This includes face-to-face workshops, surveys and events (i.e. seminars, performances, meetings).

It is the responsibility of the Lead Applicant and Co-Applicant to ensure that all relevant Covid-19 protocols and advice are adhered to, and that ethics approval is sought where necessary.

If we deem that the proposed research activities pose a risk of Covid-19 transmission, we will ask applicants to revise their proposals.


Topics of the proposals should fall into one of the ANU Indonesia Project research themes including

  • trade and industry,
  • politics and governance,
  • agriculture, resources and the environment,
  • social policy and human capital.

In response to COVID-19, this year we also strongly encourage proposals related to

  • health security;
  • stability; and
  • economics recovery.

We also strongly encourage research that has a gender or social inclusion dimension.


The grant is intended to support and strengthen research done by Indonesian researchers, provide Indonesian researchers with opportunities to engage with researchers in Australia, and strengthen relations between Indonesian and Australian institutions. As such partnerships of Indonesian and Australian researchers are eligible to submit proposals.
The lead applicant should be an established Indonesian researcher based at an Indonesian institution; the co-applicant should be an established researcher based at the Australian institution; the other-researchers can be researchers based at any institution in Indonesia, Australia or around the world. Current PhD students can be included in the application under ‘other-researchers’.

Note: core academic staff of the ANU Indonesia Project are not eligible to apply for the 2021 round.

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants will need to provide a Research Report detailing the outcomes of their research as well as a Financial Report and corresponding receipts. Further information regarding these two reports will be provided to successful applicants.

Successful applicants may also be invited to present the outcomes of their research at an ANU Indonesia Project seminar.

Evaluation criteria

The ANU Indonesia Project will manage the selection and approval process. Proposals will be assessed on the basis of:

  1. academic quality and research potential
  2. alignment with the research topics (listed above)
  3. policy relevance
  4. feasibility (including timeline and budget)
  5. prospects for long term collaboration between Indonesian and Australian institutes and potential to obtain additional funding

Submission details

The ANU Indonesia Project will accept proposals using the application template available on the bottom of this page and above. Proposals should specify research objectives, background, significance and innovative aspects, policy relevance, expected outcomes and deliverables, timeline and budget.

Applications close on 31 March 2021. Applicants will be notified by the end of April 2021.

Proposals can be submitted to the ANU Indonesia Project via

Key dates

Details Date
Applications open 1 February 2021
Deadline for submitting application 31 March 2021
Application reviewed Mid-April 2021
Outcome announced 30 April 2021
Indicative commencement date of projects June 2021
End date of projects June 2022*

*Projects are expected to be completed within one year of commencement

For more information please contact

Sarah Dong


Application form 2021

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