ADRIA FAQs

As part of the application process, applicants are asked to specify the amount of funding that they are applying for.

Applicants can apply for grants of up to $200,000 per year of the project.

No. There is no limit on the number of applications an individual can submit.

However, only one grant will be awarded per lead investigator (assuming the application is successful). A person can be the lead investigator on one successful application and a secondary investigator on two additional successful applications.

If a person is not a lead investigator, there is no limit on them being a secondary investigator on multiple

Yes. You can be the primary researcher on one funded project, and a secondary researcher on two additional funded projects.

Yes. However the proposed research activity must take place in Victoria and be for the benefit of Victoria or Victorians.

Yes. Academic researchers (or those not from eligible organisations) must partner with an eligible organisation to access ADRIA grant funding. The eligible organisation must be the primary applicant.

ADRIA has provided a research ethics FAQ to assist you in understanding research ethics.

If you are not sure if your proposed research involves human research, please refer to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

No. There is no requirement for an applicant to have obtained ethics approval for either the Expression of Interest or Full Application. The Ethics approval process is different depending on the research. Research that is ‘low-risk’ will obtain ethics approval more quickly than research that is higher risk.

In your EOI, you should be able to identify whether your research needs ethics approval. In your Full Application, you should be able to describe the timeline for obtaining ethics approval for your research (including an expected date for submission of the ethics application).

No. Projects must have a social element and include engagement with people to be eligible.

Yes. ADRIA grants are not restricted to not-for-profit organisations. Private companies funded by DHHS to provide AOD-related services are eligible.

Yes. Projects with multiple funding sources will be looked upon favourably.

Possibly. For an evaluation to be funded through an ADRIA grant, it should involve components similar to other programs of research such as a literature review, analysis of data collected through the program and a discussion of findings. Further, the program to be evaluated should have relevance to AOD and align with ADRIA’s research agenda.

VAADA will be holding an information session on in the near future for prospective applicants, to guide you through the application process.  Please check back on the ADRIA home page for the date of the information session.

However, if you have no research experience, VAADA advises you to partner with a researcher or organisation with research experience.

Research can be very complicated and requires specialist knowledge around things like methodology, research ethics and data security. If you or your organisation have never done research before OR if your organisation does not have the capacity to manage an entire research project, you should consider a research partnership with a larger organisation, academic researcher or a research institute.

No – any organisations that meet the eligibility criteria can apply and can conduct the research themselves. However, depending on the type of research you’re planning, partnering with research organisations or individual researchers might be a good idea. For example, designing research, getting ethics approval and certain types of data analysis are tasks that not every organisation will have the capacity for. Further, partnering with a research organisation is a good way to enhance the quality and impact of your research.

Yes. ADRIA grants are not limited to specific research methodologies so action research is eligible for funding.

Yes. Purely qualitative or purely quantitative research are both eligible for funding. Research that combines qualitative and quantitative data is also eligible.

Yes. Research that evaluates particular programs or initiatives is eligible for ADRIA grant funding. However, it must be research (i.e. have a research question that it seeks to answer), meet the eligibility criteria and align with the research agenda.

No. Multiple applications can be submitted by the same organisation.
Multiple grants may be awarded to the same organisation provided those applications do not have the same lead investigator. However, ADRIA is committed to supporting research diversity. If one application from an organisation is approved for funding, this may be taken into account when considering another application from the same organisation.

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