The Alastair Swayn Foundation is currently accepting online applications for its architecture and design research grants program. Applications close on Monday 24 May.

Launched in 2020, the grants program supports individuals, groups and organisations in architecture and design associated industries to conduct research that enriches Australian design knowledge and culture. All research supported by the grants program will be made publicly available on the Swayn Open Research repository for the benefit of the Australian architecture and design community.

Key Dates

Applications close 5pm AEST Monday, 24 May 2021.

Successful candidates will be notified by Friday, 2 July 2021.

Research Grants $2000

Research Grants award funds to a broad spectrum of research projects into architecture and design. Proposals must demonstrate they align with one or more of the Foundation’s Guiding Principles. The Foundation accepts a broad scope of proposals across architecture and design related disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, heritage preservation/restoration, adaptive re-use (architecture, product design); and designing for accessibility.

Strategic Grants $5000

Strategic Grants support targeted research addressing current and topical areas of focus in architecture and design that are considered important issues.

The Foundation has identified three priority areas of research in architecture and design. Applicants must demonstrate that their project aligns with one or more of our Foundation Objectives. These grants are designed to focus support for innovation and research on the most important challenges facing architecture and design in Australia.

The priority topics are:

  • Sustainability
  • Housing (public, private, multi-residential)
  • Workplace design

Successful grantees will have their research paper or equivalent output made publicly available on the Swayn Open Research repository as an open access resource for the architecture and design community.


Applicants will have six months to complete their projects (subject to ongoing COVID-19 related disruptions).