Requirements for ANROWS Projects

There are no currently open grants rounds.  The information below describes the process and criteria used when applying for a grant from ANROWS

ANROWS selects projects for funding based on their merit. This is determined by peer assessment panels applying common selection criteria across all applications.

To be eligible for consideration for ANROWS funding, a project must meet ANROWS’s essential requirements outlined below. Projects that do not meet these requirements will not be submitted to a peer assessment panel.

The project requirements have been developed to ensure ANROWS meets the requirements of the Australian Competitive Grants Register.  

While the minimum essential and desirable requirements for all ANROWS projects are listed below, there may be additional requirements relevant to a specific funding round. Applicants should therefore refer to the Information for applicants published for the specific current funding round they wish to apply for.     

Essential Requirements

A research project funded by ANROWS must meet the following criteria.

  1. It must be designed to do any one or more of the following:
    • develop the understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault
    • identify measures and interventions that:
      1. prevent violence against women
      2. stop re-offending
      3. promote the best interests and safety of women and their children
      4. enable recovery from domestic violence and sexual assault
    • inform or influence government policy, programs and practice concerning domestic violence and sexual assault
    • explore ways to improve service delivery, particularly across the domestic violence and sexual assault sectors
    • explore actions that prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

  2. They must have as a topic (i.e., as the scope of the research) or focus (e.g., as a case study in a project with a general population topic), at least one of the following priority populations:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women;
    • Culturally and linguistically diverse women;
    • Older women;
    • Women with disability:
    • Women who are, or have been, incarcerated;
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender women; and
    • Women living in rural and remote areas.

  3. It must comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

  4. Where research involves human beings as subjects, they must comply with the relevant National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines and codes. For example, section four of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research sets out specific ethical considerations for research involving particular population groups and categories of research participants, including:
    • “Women who are pregnant and the human fetus”;
    • "Children and young people";
    • "People in dependent unequal relationships";
    • "People highly dependent on medical care who may be unable to give consent";
    • "People with a cognitive impairment, an intellectual disability or a mental illness";
    • "People who may be involved in illegal activities";
    • "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples"; and,
    • "People in other countries".

      Furthermore, applicants must demonstrate access to an appropriate Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), such as those registered with the NHMRC. If conducting research with Indigenous people, applicants must follow AIATSIS Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (2012), including conducting research in a manner that is culturally appropriate, informed and controlled by the community.

  5. The maintenance of the safety of women and their children must be the primary consideration in any ANROWS research project. Appropriate supports must be provided to women and their children participating in the research, or those affected by the project (for example where their partner / the children’s father is the research participant). Respect for the dignity and well-being of participants in projects must take precedence over any expected benefits to knowledge. Participants should also be informed of the findings of the research, where safe and appropriate to do so.

  6. It must fall under the category of "research", defined as:

    the creation of new knowledge and / or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes (Australian Competitive Grants Register).


    Included in this definition are applied forms of research, where the focus is as much on the translation and application of knowledge in relevant settings, as it is on the generation of new knowledge. In the social sciences, this can take various forms, such as action research.

  7. It must be designed to deliver results of national benefit (i.e. findings should be of national interest or of interest to more than one Australian jurisdiction).

    It must have a reasonable and cost-effective budget.
  8. Note: cost effectiveness is not necessarily the least expensive proposal.


Desirable features

It is desirable, but not essential, that a research project also addresses the following criteria.

  1. It builds research capacity and partnerships through, for example:

    a) collaboration between researchers from different organisations

    b) participation of project team members from government agencies, direct service providers and / or women and their children

    c) inclusion of research students or early career researchers on the project team

  2. Projects are multi-jurisdictional; i.e., the research is national in scope or actively involves two or more Australian states and/or territories.

  3. It provides a unique contribution to research expertise and / or practice relevant to the area of violence against women and their children. This may include the use of an innovative methodological approach, in addition to contributing to knowledge about the content area (where this methodology is appropriate for the proposed topic).