RM Gibson Research Fund


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Health and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine
HDR funding type Grant
Scholarship value Up to $7,000
Opening date 28 January 2020
Closing date 17 March 2020


In line with the purpose of the AAG Research Trust, the focus of the RM Gibson Research Fund relates to research for furthering the knowledge and understanding of gerontology.  The RM Gibson Research Fund is structured as a sub-fund of the AAG Research Trust

The RM Gibson Research Fund supports HDR candidates in the diverse fields related to ageing in Australia and the translation of the evidence base into policy and practice. HDR candidates are defined in this instance as either post graduate students (Masters by research or PhD) or within five years of graduation from a bachelor’s degree, considering career interruption. There is no age limit. 

In the 2020 RM Gibson funding round four grants of up to $7,000 each for 18 months will be awarded, with scope for the AAG Research Trust’s Grants Committee (Grants Committee) to recommend adjustment to this amount if considered necessary.

AAG Research Trust has partnered with Dementia Australia Research Foundation to potentially fund one additional grant to the four awarded in this round.  At the discretion of the AAG Research Trust and Dementia Australia Research Foundation, this funding may be used to expand the number of grants that can be funded under the RM Gibson Research Fund with $7,000 awarded to a quality and fundable application seeking to improve the quality of life for older people who have dementia and/or their carers.

The 2020 funding round of the RM Gibson Research Fund opened on 28th January and closes on 17th March at 11.55pm AEDT.  All applicants will be informed whether they are successful by 13 July 2020.  Where possible, awardees will be presented on Thursday 19th November 2020 at the AAG National Conference (17th -20th November 2020) in Hobart, Tasmania.


  • Applicants must be financial members of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) at the time of applying for a grant and for the duration of the funded project. Intending applicants who are not AAG members can sign up for membership here.
  • Awards are made for research conducted in Australia only.
  • 2020 Projects must be completed prior to 31st January 2022. Any anticipated project delays or need for extension must be discussed with and are subject to approval of the Grants Committee of the AAG Research Trust. The AAG Research Trust reserve the right to decline requests for extension and recoup unspent funds at the completion of the grant period.
  • The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all necessary insurances, ethics and other approvals are obtained prior to commencing any research activities.
  • Only one application per lead researcher per grant is accepted in any given funding round.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may apply again for future funding rounds.
  • Applications will not be accepted from a lead applicant who is currently in receipt of an AAG Research Trust Grant of any kind (if they are the lead applicant in that grant). Applicants who have previously been in receipt of an AAG Research Trust grant but who have completed that project and complied fully with the terms of conditions of accepting that grant may apply during this funding round.
  • Neither current AAG Research Trust Trustees or Grants Committees members may apply for a grant. However, they may be listed as a co-researcher in another person’s application.
Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

Applicants must complete the application form available. Applications not adhering to the requirements of the form, or submitted other than on the form, will not be considered.

The application form requires a detailed project plan as well as responses to the criteria listed below. All documents, including letters of support from partner or collaborating organisations, must be combined into one pdf file and named in the format ‘YearRMG_First name_Last name_Title of project’

Submit your application by uploading it via the AAG Research Trust website portal accessible here.

Selection criteria

The application must demonstrate how the proposed project fits the following criteria:

  1. Alignment with the aim of the RM Gibson Research Fund
  2. Significance, innovation, and impact, demonstrating how the proposed project advances ageing research and research translation in Australia
  3. Multidisciplinary approach and/or involves cross-sector collaboration
  4. Plan for future development of the work or sustainability of the outcomes of the project, including planned dissemination of the findings
  5. Older people and/or their carers and other stakeholders involvement in design and throughout different stages of the project
  6. Recognition of diversity among older people and/or their carers
  7. Methodological quality and/or innovation
  8. Clarity and appropriateness of the budget, and justification of budget items, demonstrating value for money.
Applications are closed.


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