Up to $150,000 is available to support community research to counter violent extremism.
The Social Cohesion Research Grants Program was opened by the Victorian Government to fund community research into strengthening social cohesion, community resilience and preventing violent extremism. The Program will work with the community to identify and provide evidence-based ideas and methods to counter violent extremism and promote multicultural inclusion within Victoria.
In May 2015, the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Ministerial Taskforce (Taskforce) was established to lead Victoria in adopting a whole-of-government whole-of-community collaborative approach to building resilience and strengthening social cohesion. Integral to this approach is the aim to support Victorians to identify, reject, respond and recover from violent extremism.
The Social Cohesion Research Grants Program will support the objectives of the Strategic Framework. The long-term, overall objective of the Program is to:
- Fill gaps in knowledge and respond to the rapidly evolving environment associated with social cohesion, community resilience and factors which contribute to violent extremism;
- Understand the development of effective wholeof-community initiatives on building key resilience features;
- Better understand the protective factors that prevent young people being drawn to violent extremism;
- Support Government and other stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions for program and policy design and implementation;
- Support a socially cohesive Victoria underpinned by social justice and equity in which all Victorians have a sense of belonging, acceptance and worth; and
- To promote partnerships between researchers, government and community
Total funding of $500,000 (excluding GST) is available for the 2016-17 funding round.
The Research Grants Program is divided into two funding streams:
- Small Grants for research proposals up to $50,000 (excluding GST) and lasting up to 12 months.
- Large Grants for research proposals up to $150,000 (excluding GST) and lasting up to 24 months. Large Grants research proposals may be funded over two financial years.
Individual applicants can apply for one stream and one application only. The difference between the two streams relates to size and complexity of the project.
The research priorities for this grants program have been reviewed in consultation with an expert academic reference group, and endorsed by the Taskforce.
The Program aims to understand innovative program approaches that strengthen openmindedness, empathy and capacity for critical thinking and tackle issues around violent extremism in culturally and context-sensitive ways.
Research Priority 1: Social Cohesion and Diversity
- Examine the protective factors (individual and community) that build resilience to racist and religious exclusivist views.
- Develop insights into how public language and discourse impacts people both negatively and positively, particularly on marginalised and vulnerable young people.
Research Priority 2: Community Polarisation, Marginalisation and Violent Extremism
- Examine the driving factors behind the attraction to violent extremist narratives and behaviour.
- Develop multi-disciplinary program approaches that incorporate health, educational and other expertise to holistically tackle issues related to violent extremism.
- Investigation of contemporary social trends that legitimate violence as a means to deal with complex social issues.
Research Priority 3: Project Innovation and Evaluation methodologies
- Develop innovative methodologies and theories for assessing the strength and impact of individual and cross-program initiatives to community resilience, social cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism.
To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be a member of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC).
- Be part of an institution, organisation or government agency which undertakes research, or has a proven history of being able to undertake research.
- Be based in a locality with a Victorian postcode and have their head office in Victoria.
- Be a legal entity, such as an incorporated body or association, and be able to enter into legal agreements with the Victorian Government represented by the Community Resilience Unit, Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC);
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
- Have at least $10 million Public Liability Insurance to cover all aspects of the project.
- Have a partnership with other individuals or groups from research institutions, government agencies, community groups and/or not-forprofit organisations.
Partnerships are important for fostering innovation, cross-sector collaboration and whole-of-community approaches to finding effective responses to these complex areas of research. Partnerships are required between lead applicants and other individuals or groups from research institutions, government agencies, community groups and/or not-for-profit organisations. Lead applicants may establish interstate and/or international partnership(s).
Applications for Small Grants close 21 October 2016 and Large Grants close 7 October 2016.