Supporting independent projects through the Strategic Policy Grants Program

21 April 2023

Defence will award AUD $3.513 million (exclusive of GST) in grant funding to the 11 successful applicants of the 2023 Strategic Policy Grants Program (SPGP).

The annual grants program funds independent projects focused on strategic defence policy issues relevant to Australia. Through the program, Defence aims to deepen public debate, strengthen partnerships, and inform strategic policy advice.

Acting First Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy, Ms Amanda Toms said the Strategic Policy Grants Program provides unique insights and enables the generation of cutting edge policy-relevant research to inform Defence’s strategic policy advice.  

“This year’s SPGP round was highly competitive, with a large number of applications from strategic and defence studies experts,” Ms Toms said.

“Defence looks forward to working with successful applicants as they deliver grant activities.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

  • The Australian National University
  • Flinders University
  • L21 Pty Ltd
  • Lowy Institute for International Policy
  • The United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Center for a New American Security
  • Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

For future Strategic Policy Grant Program opportunities, please visit or GrantConnect at

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