Corrective Services NSW

Research and development

Submit an Expression of Interest

Are you interested in partnering with Corrective Services NSW to carry out research to transform rehabilitation through digital technology?

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Digital technology is a fundamental social utility throughout society. It also has the potential to be harnessed to support people in prison on their journey to desist from crime.

A prisoner accessible digital platform is being established in NSW correctional centres with the ambition of transforming prisoner rehabilitation. Research and development is needed to realise this ambition. There is a lack of research knowledge, and associated digital tools, to inform practice about how digital technology can support rehabilitation and people’s desistance from crime.

Corrective Services NSW is seeking to partner with research teams and industry on R&D projects to develop this knowledge and capability. It is expected that this research will have international significance in the application of digital technology in rehabilitation. The invitation for expressions of interest is the first step in a process of establishing these research partnerships. Invitations to develop a partnership in research will be offered after the completion of the first stage of the EOI.

Research areas

The CSNSW priority research areas are:

  • Education
  • Ethics
  • User experience and inclusion

The CSNSW secondary research areas that will be considered after the priority research areas are:

  • Research and consultation
  • Digital security
  • Offence focused programs
  • Aboriginal knowledge
  • Transitions 
  • Service design
  • Live online programs 
  • External therapy services 
  • Social environment
  • Making and maintaining connections 
  • The making of meaning

Details of the research areas are outlined in the CSNSW Research Strategy to Transform Prisoner Rehabilitation through Digital Technology (PDF, 7.3 MB).

A strategy document


The EOI invitation for projects is the first stage in establishing the partnered research projects. After the EOI applications are assessed and outcomes communicated, invited teams will proceed through several stages to the final establishment a project.

Stage Outcome
1. Invitation to submit EOI  Submission assessed against criteria
2. EOI review outcomes received Invited teams proceed to the next stage
3. Collaborative project discussion and negotiation Research team submit a detailed revised proposal 
4. CSNSW executive approval to partner Revised project assessed and recommendations made for  CSNSW Executive approval. Approved team proceed to funding applications
5. Research team detail and submit grant/funding application If funding application successful, proceed to project establishment
6. Establishment of funded project Establish CSNSW contracts, agreements, key CSNSW project contacts and ethics application requirements established

University research teams and industry with a track record for securing funding and, delivering digital technology research projects are invited to propose research partnerships on projects that align to the CSNSW Research Strategy to Transform Prisoner rehabilitation through Digital Technology.

The EOI project template provides a structure for outlining the research project, the research team and a project plan including initial intentions for how the project will be funded. There are established criteria used to assess the EOI and final applications. 

To support the EOI process a hybrid Q&A session will be held in Sydney and online on the 10am – 12pm, Wednesday 26 April 2023.

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for evaluating the proposals in the CSNSW Partner Approval stage are accessible by reading the Tech R&D Proposal Assessment Form (PDF, 116.7 KB).

Funding sources

Projects can be funded through a range of sources.  CSNSW is committed to support agreed projects with cash funding up to $50,000 and in-kind contributions up to the value of $100,000. University research teams be responsible for securing additional funding through competitive grants schemes, industry or philanthropy, or a combination of these sources. CSNSW will support agreed project applications for grants and other funding sources.

Key dates


Please contact the Corrective Services NSW Technology Research Committee on


Last updated:

31 May 2023

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