Public sector researchers encouraged to apply for grant funding

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday May 7, 2021

Mix raced trainees working on computer in a policy research library.

The 2021 round for grant funding from the Public Administration Research Trust Fund has officially opened.

The fund, which is jointly managed by the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the University of Canberra, aims to stimulate original research in the field of public administration and applied research relevant to public sector practitioners.

This year the fund has set aside $15,000 to support research that examines public service transformation agendas, capability, collaboration and federal-state relations, governance and integrity, and inclusion and diversity.

Public sector employees, academics, and researchers can apply for a maximum of $10,000 in grant funding.

Former commonwealth secretary and IPAA national president Dr Gordon de Brouwer said public administration research has never been more important to the profession.

“Australia’s public services — state and federal — have faced, and continue to face, unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, and are rapidly transforming to better serve the needs of governments and communities,” he said in a statement.

“I encourage anyone interested in researching Australian public administration and undertaking applied research that will support the work of public sector practitioners to apply for grant funding.”

Applications close on May 28, and funding agreements are expected to be finalised by June 30.

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