- Career stage: Academics at all career stages
- Type of research: Applied public policy research
- Disciplines: All
- Eligibility: Lead researcher must be employed by the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, or the University of Technology Sydney
- Funding pool: $300,000
- Funding amount: Applicants can apply for $25,000-$100,000
- Type of funding: direct research costs only
- Duration: Projects must be delivered within a maximum
of 2 years
For more information, download the Applicant Guidelines.
Potential project topics may be derived from, but are not limited to, the following themes:
The new economy
- Just transitions to a net-zero economy
- Building an inclusive innovation economy
- The value of the care economy
- Unlocking the power of the regions
New directions after the pandemic
- Creating resilient and dynamic cities
- Embedding lessons in digital health
- Harnessing policy opportunities from mRNA manufacturing capacity
Towards equality of opportunity
- Addressing educational attainment gaps
- Removing the digital divide for learners
- Opening pathways for skills development, including the role of the NSW Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) in increasing access to high-skill careers
These themes are indicative only and are intended to give examples of potential areas of inquiry that could be pursued. They are not intended to limit the topics applicants may wish to propose.
Across all policy domains, the Institute is keenly interested in Indigenous perspectives and the impact of public policies on Indigenous Australians.
We welcome applications from academics from JMI’s member universities:
- University of Sydney
- Western Sydney University
- University of Technology Sydney
Who can apply:
- Individual academics or project teams (in the case of a team, the project leader must be from a member university).
- Academics at all career stages are encouraged to apply, including early career researchers.
Successful recipients must agree to the following requirements:
- Publication of JMI Policy Insights Paper: This is a JMI branded report of approximately 10-15 pages, capturing key insights from your research for a policy-focused audience. It must be accessible to a non-academic audience. JMI will support grant recipients in developing the paper and ensuring it reaches relevant policy audiences.
- Participation in research communications: JMI will ensure that research insights are effectively communicated to policy audiences. All grant recipients must participate in research communications activities with dedicated support from JMI. For a list of examples, please see the Applicant Guide.
- Maximum project timeframe: The project must be delivered within a maximum of two years from the date the grant is awarded.
In 2022, the overall funding pool is $300,000.
Each grant application must be between $25,000-$100,000.
Grant funding can be used for the direct costs of research.
For a detailed overview of the eligible project costs that the grant funding can cover, please see the Applicant Guidelines.
|Relevance to public policy
Research must have a demonstrable relevance to public policy in NSW. It should be clear how the research can be applied by policymakers to either an existing policy priority area, or a potential future policy challenge in NSW.
|Innovative approach to a policy challenge
The proposed project must demonstrate an innovative approach to tackling a policy challenge. To see a list of examples, see the Applicant Guide.
|Positive impact on a policy challenge
The proposed project must demonstrate a strong potential to generate public value through improved public policy.
|Approach to engagement with policymakers
Applicants must outline their proposed approach to engagement with relevant policymakers and practitioners. This must include how the research will be leveraged for public policy impact.
To view a list of desirable (but non-essential) criteria, please see the Applicant Guidelines.
9 March 2022
Applications close: 15 April 2022
Applications must be submitted via JMI Apply, our dedicated applicant portal.
The Policy Challenge Grant has a three-stage application process, intended to limit the amount of time required from applicants.
This three-stage process, cumulatively, constitutes your JMI Policy Challenge Grant application.
- Stage 1: Expressions of Interests (EOIs) – 7 March – 15 April 2022
- Stage 2: Interviews – 9 – 27 May 2022
- Stage 3: Supplementary documents and references – 13 June – 8 July 2022
You can view and download the EOI questions .
For more details about each application stage, please see the Applicant Guidelines.
The JMI Research Advisory Group will review all applications that have progressed through to Stage 3 of the application process, and make a recommendation on the successful grant recipients. The Board will approve final grant recipients.
Grants will be awarded in August 2022.
Successful applicants will be notified via email, and contacted by the JMI team.
The JMI team will then work with the researcher(s) to execute a JMI Policy Challenge Grant Agreement and to develop a Research, Communications and Engagement Plan with the project leader.
Once this has been finalised, initial funding will be provided and the project will commence.