The role of ACIAR’s program managers is to establish research priorities with partner countries and build relationships between Australian and developing country research institutions. They have a strong influence on the development, commissioning, monitoring and evaluation of programs carried out with ACIAR funding.

The research program managers represent a cluster of scientific disciplines, grouped loosely under economics and social science, crops, livestock and fisheries, and natural resource management. These managers are the first point of contact for scientists wishing to become involved in ACIAR projects. They will advise at the outset whether a particular line of research fits with regional and country priorities. They will also help with choice of partner institution, and advise on the potential for funding availability and the timeline for development and carrying out the research