In 2012, the Australian Government funded the Special Research Initiative for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Network.

The Network will bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers of all career stages and from a range of discipline areas at research institutions across Australia. The Network’s core functions will be to build Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research capacity, mentor new researchers and advance research in Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

The successful proposal is titled 'National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network' (NIRAKN).

Funding: $3 198 392 over four years

Centre Director: Associate Professor Peter Anderson 

Administering Organisation: Queensland University of Technology

Collaborating Organisations:

  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • University of Wollongong

Partner Organisations:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
  • National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Ninti One Limited
  • South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Service Aboriginal Corporation
  • United Nations University

Please visit the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network website for further information.

Key documents relating to the application and selection process are available below:

Selection Report - Funding Outcomes for funding commencing in 2012

See also:

Superseded Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012

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Expression of Interest for funding commencing in 2012 

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