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NDRP Research Funding Round

The NDRP 2021 Research Funding Round is designed to fund disability research that will deliver new findings and test and refine the NDRP processes. Research must be done by and with people with disability, align with the NDRP Guiding Principles and address an area of demonstrated importance to people with disability.

Applications are accepted from any incorporated association in Australia. 


This round of NDRP Research Funding invites proposals for high quality, collaborative research that addresses topics of importance to people with disability within one or more of these themes:  

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people with disability 
  • Women with disability 
  • Children and young people with disability 
  • People with disability in rural and remote areas
  • People with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people with disability
  • People with disability who require support to express their will and preference, and to implement their decisions
  • People with disability who experience other intersectional disadvantage. 


Research projects are expected to align with the NDRP Guiding Principles, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability and the National Disability Strategy.

Funding and timeline

Projects can apply for funding up to $150,000. Projects must be achievable in ten months. The total funding pool is $1 million.

Selection criteria

Project proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Research that addresses the priorities of people with disability 
  2. Research by and with people with disability
  3. High quality research
  4. Knowledge that is accessible to the community
  5. Capacity to undertake research in an area of demonstrated importance to the disability community.

Submission timeline: proposals are due Friday 2 July 2021

Further information and application details