- 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, the University of Technology Sydney, The University of New South Wales, or Charles Sturt University
- Funding pool: $500,000
- Funding amount: Applicants can apply for $25,000-$150,000
- 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.
Grants will be awarded for projects focusing on major policy challenges facing NSW under the following themes, where the proposed research has strong potential to catalyse policy innovation and generate public value for the benefit of the people of NSW:
1. The transition to a net zero economy: democratic, community and political economy aspects
2. Creating resilient and dynamic cities and towns
3. Building and sustaining the care economy we need
4. Boosting industrial capacity for a productive and resilient economy
5. Addressing educational disadvantage
Proposed projects may also address more than one of these themes.
Projects bringing a First Nations focus on any of these themes will be of particular interest.
Projects bringing a focus on under-represented minorities in relation to any of these themes will be of particular interest.
We welcome applications from academics from JMI’s partner universities:
- University of Sydney
- Western Sydney University
- University of Technology Sydney
- The University of New South Wales
- Charles Sturt University
Who can apply:
- Individual academics or project teams (in the case of a team, the project leader must be from a JMI partner university).
Academics at all career stages, including early career researchers.
Across all policy domains, the Institute highly values First Nations perspectives and is keenly interested in the impact of public policies on First Nations Australians. The Institute therefore particularly welcomes applications from First Nations researchers.
The Institute is interested in supporting early career researchers seeking to make an impact on public policy, including in key leadership roles on project teams. The Institute will seek to award at least one grant to a team led by an early career researcher.
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, which captures the key insights from your research for a policy-focused audience. It must be accessible to a non-academic audience. The report will be published on the JMI website and shared with relevant policymakers and other stakeholders. It will be published under a Creative Commons licence. JMI will provide support to grant recipients to develop their paper, and ensure it reaches relevant policy audiences
- Participation in research communications: As this is an applied policy grant with a focus on generating public value, the Institute is keen to ensure that research insights are effectively communicated to policy audiences. In that light, all grant recipients must participate in research communications activities, with dedicated support from JMI. JMI will also host an event to announce grant recipients. For further information on possible research communications please see the Applicant Guidelines.
- Maximum project timeframe: The project must be delivered within two years from the date the grant is awarded.
In 2023, the overall funding pool is $500,000.
Each grant application must be between $25,000-$150,000.
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 Guidelines.
|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 NSW Government policymakers and practitioners. This must include how the research will be leveraged for public policy impact.
Evidence should be provided that demonstrates the project team have a track record of achievement relative to opportunity and the appropriate expertise to (i) deliver the project milestones and (ii) foster collaborative partnerships with NSW Government policymakers to drive public policy impact.The robustness of the project design, a clear grounding in peer-reviewed academic research, the outputs and impact of any past applied public policy research or practice, or any other relevant experience of the project team in the policy area of the proposed project will be considered under this criterion.
To view a list of desirable (but non-essential) criteria, please see the Applicant Guidelines.
Applications open: 8 March 2023
Applications close: 14 April 2023
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 Interest (EOIs) – 8 March – 14 April 2023
- Stage 2: Interviews –22 May – 2 June 2023
- Stage 3: Supplementary documents – 5 June – 23 July 2023
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 provide advice to JMI’s Executive.
The JMI Board approves the final allocation of grant awards.
Grants will be awarded in August 2023.
Successful applicants will be notified via email, and contacted by the JMI team.
The JMI team will then work with the project leader to execute a JMI Policy Challenge Grant agreement. Once this has been finalised, initial funding will be provided and the project will commence.