Most of Australian aid research funding is provided through country programs and sector or thematic programs, with a smaller share through global
programs and through our research section. This decentralised approach ensures our portfolio of activity has close links to program design and
implementation. The research section provides advice and guidance to program areas on research activities, and oversees our centrally-managed
research activities such as the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS). Information and outputs related to research activities
supported by our country programs and sector or thematic programs can be found on the relevant country or sector pages on this website.
Australian Development Research Awards Scheme
The Australian Development Research Awards Scheme is a key component of the Research Strategy 2012–2016, the purpose of which is to improve the quality and
effectiveness of Australian aid in developing countries. We promote fairness, transparency and value for money from our research investment including
through the use of competitive mechanisms to fund research. The scheme supports high quality, innovative research that informs policy development.
Since 2007 the scheme has supported 129 primary research grants and 17 systematic reviews of development
Research material and findings produced through the scheme's projects, including journal articles, conference papers and policy briefs, can be
accessed on the individual development priorities pages at the left of this page. Information on research activities overseen by other areas including
country or sector or thematic programs can be found on the relevant pages.