Inviting proposals to produce a 10-year disability research agenda that will inform decisions about research projects and initiatives to be funded through the National Disability Research Partnership.

The Research Agenda will see disability research contribute to significantly enhancing the lives of people with disability, their families and carers through policy and practice. While some of the priorities of the Research Agenda will be immediate and pressing, the Agenda must also be forward looking with the vision of significantly enhancing the quantum and quality of Australian disability research. Ultimately the goal is for research to play a central role in shaping policy for people with disability in the future.

The project will involve three different tasks and four deliverables including a synthesis of the current state of disability research and identified priorities; consultation with stakeholders to shape the Research Agenda; and a final Research Agenda that will underpin the activities of the NDRP going forward. 

The 10 year Research Agenda will ideally address existing and emerging priorities, ‘quick wins’ as well as systems-level research and put forward a long-term vision to deliver policy-relevant research that advances the rights of people with disability and enables them to flourish.

The Research Agenda will inform decisions about research projects and initiatives to be funded through the NDRP.

Request for proposals

Expressions of interest are sought from consortia of universities and advocacy organisations to deliver the National Disability Research Agenda. All consortia must include at least one advocacy partner organisation in a meaningful and substantive way, and outline how it intends to involve people with disability throughout the project. After the expression of interest phase, a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. 

Key dates

  • 28 August: Expressions of interest due

  • 2 September: Invited to full application

  • 25 September: Full application due

  • 5 October: Award notification 


Questions & answers

Q: Do I need to submit letters of support from each partner at the EOI stage?

A: No. Letters of support will be sought at the full application stage, but not at the EOI stage. 

Q: Would working on the development of the agenda will preclude us from bidding for projects once the research agenda is up and running? 

A: No. Preparing the research agenda would not preclude your organisation from bidding or being involved with any of the further work. However at full application stage we will ask you to outline how you will avoid unintended bias in the research agenda project. 

Q: Are the universities, or their affiliated bodies, which are represented on the NDRP steering group also able to put in proposals? If so how will the conflict of interest and probity issues be managed?

A: The working party have agreed to follow a conflict of interest policy which was drawn up by the University of Melbourne's legal team (please see here). For the research agenda, any member of the working party who thought they or their direct team may wish to put in a proposal was excused from any relevant discussion and paperwork. In this situation it was only Gwynnyth Llewellyn from University of Sydney who did not participate in any of the research agenda discussions.

Q: Can the University of Melbourne apply?

A: Yes. Only Anne Kavanagh and Bruce Bonyhady are excluded due to conflicts of interest. Other academics at the university may apply, with no involvement, input or advice from Anne or Bruce. The same principles apply to other universities which have an academic on the NDRP Working Party. 

Q: Is there an expectation that the first stage of the project will involve an update of the audit of Australian disability research or is this work to be done separately?

A: Yes, while we are not looking for a full, in-depth update on the Audit, we are hoping the first stage will involve a fairly light touch update of the Audit (including a review of all the other documents that make recommendations about research directions) to provide a more up to date summary of the current state of play. 

Q: Can the same partner organisation be named on different applications?
A: Yes, partner organisations can be named on more than one bid.

Q: Can consortia include international partners?

A: Yes. International partner organisations are welcomed on consortia.



National Disability Research Agenda_Request for Proposal (pdf)

National Disability Research Agenda_Request for Proposal (Word)

Appendix 1: Expression of Interest form (Word)

Appendix 2: Subcontract Agreement template (Word) 

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