Our Research & Innovation Grant Program

Our Research and Innovation Grants Program is part of our ongoing effort to support and develop the sector. Funds provide a much needed boost to the industry to lead cutting-edge research and redefine what’s possible in language services.

The Research and Innovation Grants Program aims to:

  • Identify and adopt new practices that benefit the Australian language services industry;
  • Develop new training or skills development initiatives and human resource practices that benefit Australia’s language services industry; and
  • Create new ways to deliver language services leveraging the latest in technology.

Submissions for our Innovation Program were so strong that we increased the funding pool from $50k to $150k, to be shared across four projects for two years. Our Innovation program winners were;

  1. RMIT – researching the benefits of simultaneous interpreting in courts and tribunals. Our second project with RMIT is researching the benefits of a courts mentoring program for interpreters working with new and emerging languages.
  2. The University of Queensland – researching the quality of telephone interpreting interactions and developing best practice guidelines for interpreters using this service. These guidelines will be an Australian-first, improving the quality of telephone interpreting services right across Australia.
  3. Monash University – developing a contextualised, immersive and interactive Virtual Reality training program so that interpreters will be better prepared to deal with complex and unexpected situations in very challenging Family Violence settings.

The grants program is open to individuals and public and private organisations. LanguageLoop recognises likely interest from not-for-profits, educational institutions, academics, community groups and local government.

Our grants committee cannot consider applications for matters such as: capital works; multi-year projects; capital equipment purchases; general fundraising; recurrent operating expenses; retrospective project costs; travel and accommodation costs; activities that are the responsibility of government; projects for private or individual benefit; projects with high administrative costs (including travel); and activities for or at private or residential premises.

NOTE: 2018 Applications have now closed. 

Projects we’ve supported – Mental health study with Monash

We commissioned researchers from Monash University to study the mental health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients, including newly arrived immigrants and refugees settling in Australia.

The study, which found that the use of specialist interpreters can improve mental health outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community, resulted in the Mental Health Interpreting Guidelines for Interpreters report – an Australian first.