Assessment criteria

You will need to address all of the following assessment criteria in your application. We will judge your application based on the weighting given to each criterion. The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. The application form includes word limits.

Criterion 1: How will the grant activity contribute to the objectives of the Australia-Korea Foundation

In providing a response to this criterion you must include, but are not limited to:

  • a description of the activity and provision of information which demonstrates alignment to the Australia-Korea Foundation’s objectives and at least one of the Australia-Korea Foundation’s current strategic priority areas.

Criterion 2: What is the grant activities’ potential for raising awareness of Australia in Korea/Korea in Australia and does it promote a contemporary and positive image of Australia?

In providing a response to this criterion, you should demonstrate how your grant activities would reach out to a broader audience (eg the public and/or decision-makers) and also how you would create or strengthen formal or other relationships.  You should include, but are not limited to:

  • any proposed quantitative or qualitative performance measures to indicate the expected reach of your project such as anticipated:
    • events such as public seminars, promotional events, performances, exhibition days, or community events.
    • number of participants/audience spectators (and a description of your target audience) and why you expect this level of engagement;
    • media engagement plans (including social media), the type of media interest you seek to generate (eg articles, radio and television broadcasts); and
    • distribution plans (eg of a publication).
  • indicating any follow-up activities that could arise from the grant activity and that could ensure networks created between individuals and institutions through the project are sustained (eg through creation of alumni groups).

Criterion 3: What is the need for the particular grant activity in the particular location/demographic or how does the proposed grant activity address a specific need?

In providing a response to this criterion you should include, but are not limited to:

  • demonstrating links to Korea.
  • demonstrating the gap that your grant activity would address.
  • demonstrating how your grant activity would address a new area of interest and cooperation between Australia and Korea.
  • demonstrating how your grant activity would address an area of interest and cooperation between Australia and Korea in a new, innovative and improved way.

Criterion 4: What is the capability and capacity of the applicant to undertake the grant activity?

In providing a response to this criterion you should demonstrate you and/or your organisation’s capability and capacity to successfully undertake your grant activity.  You should include, but are not limited to:

  • a one-page capability statement of the organisation and/or CV of the project leader(s)
  • two signed references from referees with no direct financial interest in your project
    • referees should comment on the project’s objectives and the strategies to achieve them.
    • references that provide different perspectives on the proposal; and
    • referees who work for different organisations. 
  • a letter of support from your organisation’s research office or equivalent If you are from a large organisation that confirms alignment of your grant activity to the organisation’s international strategies.

Criterion 5: What is the capability and commitment of your Korean partner?

In providing a response to this criterion you should demonstrate your Korean partner organisation’s capability and capacity and commitment to successfully undertake your grant activity.  You should include, but are not limited to:

  • a letter of support from your Korean partner;
  • Track record of successful partnerships?

Criterion 6: Will you spend Commonwealth of Australia funds in a way that represents value for money?

In providing a response to this criterion you should demonstrate how well you have considered to provide value for money.  You should include, but are not limited to:

  • inclusion of other sources of income and an indication of whether each source of income is confirmed, conditional or pending approval
  • other sources of income can include other grants from Australian Federal Government, State Government, Local Government, etc, and in-kind contributions from your organisation and your Korean partner.
  • appropriate, reasonable and realistic economy travel costings.

When preparing the application, applicants should bear in mind that the assessment committee may not be familiar with the applicant, the organisation or the field of activity. As the committee’s recommendation will be primarily based on the information provided in the application form, this document should be clear, accurate, comprehensive and focused.