Applications will open in early 2019.
This fund offers annual science grants of up to $15,000 each to support field-based, high-quality ecological research. The objective of the grant is to provide financial support for conservation-based research of Australian ecosystems (including off-shore islands and the continental shelf) that ultimately will lead to tangible outcomes for management. The scope of the research is open to terrestrial, marine and freshwater research on vertebrate animals. Grants are GST exclusive.
The grant is open to PhD students and early career researchers (within 3 years of completing their PhD). Annual funding is intended for field research over 18-24 months.
Grants are offered to successful applicants in early November each year for projects to be carried out in the next year.
This grant does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, visa, insurance, infrastructure costs, or salaries for research assistants.
Exemptions for career interruptions may be sought from the Academy. Reasons for exemption can include (but may not be limited to) illness, birth of a child or carer requirements. To apply for an exemption, please include a short explanation stating the grounds for why an exemption is being sought and how long your research career was interrupted.
The Australian Academy of Science encourages applications from female candidates and from candidates from a broad geographical distribution.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should also either be enrolled for a PhD and hold an Australian Post-Graduate Award (APA) or university scholarship, or be within 3 years of obtaining a PhD and hold a postdoctoral position at a recognised institution e.g. CSIRO or University.
The research must address ecological and conservation problems in Australian systems. Preference will be given to novel research which deals with empirical field-based data and ecological community processes with possible management implications rather than pure genetic or modelling research.
The work should lead to publication in high quality ecological or conservation/management journals. Successful grant winners will be expected to present a 1 page progress report of their work to the Secretary after 6 months and a full report within 3 months of the termination of the grant. Conference travel is not supported.
Journal page charges up to a maximum of $2,000 may be supported.
University or research institutional on-costs are not supported.
Applications should include the following information:
Applications and referee reports (where relevant) must be emailed by to email@example.com.
Grants are offered to successful applicants in early November each year for projects to be carried out in the following year.
This grant does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, visa, insurance or infrastructure costs, or salaries for research assistants.
Applications are assessed by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise based on the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.
Ms Emma Spencer, The University of Sydney; Does predation threaten the endangered night parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis)?
Ms Katharine Senior, The University of Melbourne; Spatial solutions for managing fire and native mammal conservation
Dr Christopher Gordon, University of Wollongong; Interacting impacts of persistent fire regimes and predation on threatened mammals
Download the list of previous awardees (PDF, 48 KB).
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