Strategic Policy Grants Program

The Defence Strategic Policy Grants Program (SPGP) funds independent work to deepen public debate on strategic issues relevant to Australia and inform the development of Australia’s defence policy and strategy.

The SPGP is an annual, open and competitive grant opportunity that funds independent strategic policy-focused research and related activities, such as conferences, dialogues, simulations and seminars.

For SPGP 2024, a total of $3.5 million is available over the period between 2024 and 2027, with total funding spread across multiple grants.


The objectives of the program are to support the achievement of Defence’s purpose, mission and purpose by:

  • deepening public debate about Australia’s strategic and defence policy choices
  • informing the development of Australia’s defence policy and strategy
  • strengthening Defence’s international and domestic partnerships
  • broadening participation in Australia’s strategic and defence policy debate.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • the publication of original, well-informed and policy-relevant research
  • engagements between Defence and leading non-government experts
  • events and activities involving Defence’s international and domestic counterparts
  • participation by new and emerging talent in Australia’s strategic and defence policy debate.


Applications for SPGP 2024 must be lodged by organisations holding an Australian Business Number or equivalent business registration number. Individuals with different organisational affiliations can submit a joint application to SPGP 2024. This must identify a project lead as well as a lead organisation accountable to the Australian Government, through Defence, for any agreed grant activities.

To be eligible the grant activity must:

  • support Defence’s purpose, mission and priorities
  • satisfy one or more of the program’s objectives and outcomes
  • align with priorities and challenges outlined in the Defence Strategic Review
  • be new, unfunded, and distinct from any business-as-usual activity.