Individuals or organisations may apply for AKF grant funding. Where a conflict of interest exists, or may be perceived to exist, the AKF Secretariat should be contacted to clarify eligibility and/or obligations under Commonwealth conflict of interest guidelines.

If you have submitted an application in a previous AKF grant funding round but have been unsuccessful, you are encouraged to reapply for funding in future rounds.

Each applicant (individual or organisation) may submit one application per round. However, the Australia–Korea Foundation will accept multiple applications (to a maximum of three per organisation) from different areas/business units of large organisations such as universities, supported by endorsement letters from the relevant research office demonstrating alignment with the organisation’s priorities in Korea.

Grants will not be provided to individuals or organisations that have failed to provide a proper acquittal of an earlier grant provided by the AKF.

The AKF does not fund other Commonwealth government agencies.

Activities Not Funded

The Australia-Korea Foundation has a policy of supporting innovative proposals in a broad range of areas. Grants are not normally available for the following purposes:

  • Capital expenditure in real property, equipment or computer software.
  • Conference travel. An exception to the general rule may be made for participants in conferences when the subject of the conference is of direct relevance to the Australia-Korea relationship and the applicant is a leader in the field. Applicants must also demonstrate that a substantial program will be arranged before and/or after the conference.
  • Funding support to grant-giving organisations for activities mainly involving their own personnel.
  • Activities that are properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies (e.g. development assistance projects, activities under bilateral science and technology agreements, projects normally handled by Austrade, etc.).
  • Activities that are properly the responsibility of the host institution, e.g., post graduate students applying for travel assistance to do field work as part of their thesis will not normally be considered.
  • Activities that are commercially viable in their own right.
  • Any project in which the Australia-Korea component is incidental to the main aims of the project.
  • New applicants will receive preference over applicants who have received a grant or travel grant in the past 3 years.
  • Activities undertaken by schools where travel by a significant number of students is the principal element of the proposal.
  • Employment of research assistants, administrative staff, etc., or the payment of administrative charges levied by the applicant's organisation.
  • Funding of completed projects, or recurrent funding of projects.
  • Salaries and Honorariums.

We do not provide grants to pay for salaries for staff such as research assistants or project managers. But we can pay for services related to a specific project. For example, engaging a graphic designer to produce a logo, or an interpreter for visiting delegation could potentially be appropriate under a grant.