Australian Government-funded development research is helping to improve the quality and effectiveness of Australian aid in developing countries. Practical research helps inform where and how our own partners’ resources can most effectively and efficiently be deployed. It helps to find solutions to priority development challenges and opportunities.


The Australian Government funds many different types of research to answer the wide range of challenges to development in our partner countries, to assist us to monitor development impacts, and to better target programs. For example, in 2014-15 Australia will spend around AUD 30 million a year researching ways of making the money we spend on health more effective and to promote medical breakthroughs that will have a large development impact in our priority partner countries.


We fund research through partnerships with Australian, international and developing country institutes, competitive grant schemes, direct grants, and by commissioning research. Most of our research funding is provided through country programs and sector or thematic programs, with a smaller share through global programs and through our Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS). ADRAS is a competitive grants program that supports primary research on priority themes and is open to researchers within Australia as well as internationally.


The Australian Government works closely with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to further research objectives in Africa.