Criminal Justice Research Grant Fund

Supporting quality research into the Western Australian criminal justice system.

Round One of the WACSAR Criminal Justice Research Grant application process has now closed. The final outcome of this process will be decided by the end of March 2022 and successful applicants will be notified soon after. A new round will be announced in the second half of 2022.

The Western Australian Office of Crime Statistics and Research (WACSAR) is responsible for administering an annual research grants program that funds research that makes a practical contribution to improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Western Australia.  

Applications are encouraged that focus on one or more of the following research themes: 

  • Understanding justice cohorts.
  • What works in crime reduction and offender rehabilitation.
  • Systemic reform and innovation.
  • Reducing Aboriginal overrepresentation in the criminal justice system.
  • Victims of crime.

Particularly high-quality applications that fall outside these areas will still be considered.

Successful applications will be selected by the Executive Committee of the WACSAR Advisory Board, consisting of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Commissioner for Police, Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology and chaired by the Director General of the Department of Justice.

Funding Tiers

In each application round, applicants will be invited to apply for funding up to $300,000 to fund a research project over 12 to 24 months.

Two tiers of funding were available in Round One:

  • Top-Up Grants: Available to prospective and enrolled honours and higher degree by research (HDR) students in Western Australia.
  • Collaborative Research Grants: Available to WA universities and research institutions working together, or with, not-for-profits and/or government agencies.

Assessment Criteria

All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Public policy relevance.
  2. Practical application and contribution to improved outcomes for Western Australians in contact with the criminal justice system.
  3. Impact on Aboriginal Western Australians.
  4. The likelihood of the proposed research making a substantial and novel contribution to criminological knowledge and practice.
  5. The cost effectiveness and feasibility of the research.
  6. Soundness of the design and methodology.
  7. The competence and availability of the applicant(s), principal investigator(s) or supervisor(s) to undertake or oversee the proposed research.
  8. Ethics committee approval.
  9. Availability of data.
  10. Level of additional or in-kind contributions from partner agencies or organisations.
  11. Extent to which the application supports collaborative research, where relevant.



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