Research Assistance & Development for Australian Researchers (RADAR)

The Library and Information Research Australia (LISRA) research team has developed the Research Assistance & Development for Australian Researchers (RADAR) Grant to provide a series of supportive activities to foster research activities in library and information science (LIS). The RADAR grants are designed to provide:

  • Research funding to teams of academics and practitioners to explore a research problem that will contribute to knowledge and practice in LIS;
  • A structured series of research supports for successful teams, to be provided by LISRA researchers, Profs Helen Partridge and Lisa Given; and
  • A supportive network of academics and practitioners to foster engagement and build capacity in LIS research practice.

LISRA invites all interested practitioners and academics in LIS to apply for research funding through the RADAR program.

Successful Recipients

The RADAR grant is now closed and the successful applicants announced.

Online Information Sessions

Online information sessions will be held with potential applicants to discuss the  application scheme and guide the development of applications on the following dates (by Zoom):

  • Wednesday 14 September 2016, 1pm (NSW)
  •  Thursday 6 October 2016, 1pm (NSW)

Academic staff and LIS practitioners living in Australia are eligible to apply. Applications must have a minimum of two people (an LIS academic and an LIS practitioner) to serve as “team co-leads”. Projects may include other team members, including those drawn from other disciplines or other professional contexts, as needed to meet the project goals.

Application deadline
Applications must be submitted by 5pm (AET) 31 October 2016. Receipt will be acknowledged. Late applications will not be considered. Grant recipients will be notified by email by 1 December 2016.

LISRA has $15,000 available to support data collection and analysis activities for at least three, one-year projects through the ARC grant. Project budgets will be considered up to a maximum of $5,000. Funds can be applied to the following:

  • Research assistants
  • Project-related travel (e.g., data collection activities)
  • Professional costs (e.g., transcription services)
  • Equipment/software, if integral to the research
  • Other project-related research expenses

Applicants are encouraged to identify further support for their projects through institutional cash/in kind supports (e.g., applicants’ own institutions; industry partners). Any additional support for the project must be specified in the budget submitted with the application and accompanied by a formal letter of support from the unit providing the support. All of the direct funding categories above are eligible for institutional cost sharing. In addition, the following coset categories are eligible for institutional cost sharing only:

  • Release time from other work duties for research team activities
  • Staff training
  • General operating or overhead expenses
  • Equipment, research space or other project facilities
  • Conference travel funding for required dissemination at the 2018 LIANZA/ALIA conference
  • Other indirect costs

Project duration
LISRA-supported projects will be conducted during the January-December 2017 calendar year. Additional activities may extend beyond these dates (e.g. launch event in December 2016; ALIA/LIANZA conference presentation August 2018).

What are the responsibilities of successful applicants?
LISRA has developed a general timeline and schedule of activities to guide applicants’ planning for their proposed participation in this Australian Research Council funded project.  If successful, applicants must participate in the following activities:

  • 15 December 2016 project launch event (online)
  • Posting of project summaries & team descriptions to LISRA website
  • Monthly (virtual) meetings throughout 2017 to guide project development (e.g., workshops on project management, recruiting, dissemination), which also involve LISRA data collection activities
  • Three one-on-one interviews as part of the LISRA data collection
  • Three blog posts posted to the LISRA website during 2017
  • Abstract submission for 2018 ALIA/LIANZA conference
  • Full paper submission to a scholarly LIS journal
  • Project wrap-up meeting/interviews in February/March 2018
  • Attendance at the August 2018 ALIA/LIANZA conference to disseminate project findings.

Dissemination activities
As a condition of the grant, successful applicants must complete at least one conference abstract submission (to the 2018 ALIA/LIANZA Conference) and at least one journal article submission to a scholarly LIS journal. Citations for accepted conferences/papers are to be provided to LISRA for inclusion on the LISRA website. Recognition of the LISRA ARC grant funding must be included in all publications from RADAR funded projects.

LISRA support activities
The RADAR funding scheme is unique in that selected applicants will form a collaborative support network that will liaise with the ARC project leads (Profs Helen Partridge and Lisa Given) throughout the project. Successful applicants will be asked to participate in LISRA research activities (e.g. focus group discussions, one-on-one interviews) and will receive training and support for the implementation of their project. Specific activities will be designed in consultation with the successful applicants to ensure that these supports best meet the needs of the individuals and teams undertaking the funded RADAR projects.

Application requirements 
To apply, complete and submit LISRA RADAR Application Form.

Application review process
Applications will be evaluated and successful projects identified by the LISRA Advisory Board. The Board will consider the following criteria, among others, when evaluating applications:

  • Is the project clearly described, is the problem well defined and grounded in the relevant literature, and the research aim clearly stated?
  • Is the project designed to be successfully completed within one year?
  • Is the propose approach, including methodology/method(s) appropriate and are the investigative procedures clearly explained?
  • What is the significance of the proposed research to the library and information science community?
  • Are outcomes, impact and deliverables specifically identified?
  • Are sufficient resources and expertise available?
  • Is there institutional commitment as evidenced by cost sharing to support the project?

ALIA PD Scheme
ALIA PD Scheme members can achieve formal recognition for their professional commitment by earning Professional Development (PD) points for participating in the RADAR program. ALIA members can claim 2 PD points per hour, and a maximum of 20 PD points per year, for this activity in the ‘Independent and/or work-based research projects’ category. Contact for more information about becoming an ALIA Certified Professional and participating in the ALIA PD Scheme.

LISRA project team and board members are not eligible to apply.

If you have any questions or require further information please email