As of July 1, 2011 legislative changes to the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) and the Criminology Research Council (CRC) saw the AIC assume the responsibility for the annual CRC research grants which were re-named as the Criminology Research Grants program.

The AIC, through its Director (Chief Executive) is responsible for the annual Criminology Research Grants program – taking into account the advice and recommendations of the Criminology Research Advisory Council.