Ambassador Schools - NSW Research Centre grant

The Ambassador Schools program will build a strong evidence-base of effective practices from high-performing schools across the state. The Department is providing a grant to a university consortia to establish a NSW Research Centre that will develop evidence-based research on effective practices in Ambassador Schools.

Applications are now open for the Ambassador Schools – NSW Research Centre grant.

Grant description

The grant will fund the establishment of a new NSW Research Centre to research, identify and understand effective practices in Ambassador Schools. The Research Centre will work closely with Ambassador Schools to generate robust evidence on effective practices.

Universities are invited to apply for a grant of up to $1.96m per year for up to 3 years to establish the Research Centre and undertake a research program into effective practices in Ambassador Schools.

Applicants are open to a consortium of at least two universities. A lead university must be identified, and must be a NSW university. Partner universities may be from interstate. The consortium may identify other organisations with relevant expertise to contribute to the project.

Applications will be assessed on their ability to meet selection criteria, including:

  • Proven research capability
  • Clear and robust proposal
  • Collaborative and flexible approach
  • Benefits alignment with Department objectives and target outcomes
  • Feasibility and value for money
  • Institutional commitment

The Department may prioritise applications that include:

  • Co-investment from the consortium
  • Clear representation from both metro and regional contexts
  • Genuine collaboration between universities and Ambassador Schools

Applications for the grant close at 6pm (AEST) on 2 August 2021.

For more detailed information, please see the Application Guidelines.

The Department is holding a zoom webinar on 28 June 2021 at 12:00pm to answer any questions about the Ambassador Schools Program, the grant and the application process. If you would like to attend that webinar, please email and request the zoom link.

Key dates

Application key dates
Activity Date
Applications open 21 June 2021
Applications close 6pm (AEST) 2 August 2021
Applicants notified of outcome September 2021

How to apply

Universities should apply using the Application Form to apply. Completed applications with all necessary attachments should be sent to with ‘Ambassador Schools – Research Centre’ included in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please contact

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Responses are invited from university consortia, led by one of the following NSW universities:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Macquarie University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of New England
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • Western Sydney University

Partner universities can be interstate. The consortium may identify other organisations with relevant expertise to contribute to the project.

Who is the decision-maker for applications?

An independent panel from the NSW Department of Education will assess and rank grant applications according to the fund’s eligibility and selection criteria. The panel will recommend the preferred candidate to the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education for approval.

How will Ambassador Schools work with the Research Centre?

Ambassador Schools will directly help design research with the university partners to identify their most effective methods in improving student outcomes.

Through the co-design process, the program is focused on producing practice-based research that is relevant to the needs of schools. The Department will build on the research findings to share what works with similar schools and scale across the NSW public school system.

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