The Thomas Davies Research Grant for Marine, Soil and Plant Biology


Applications will open in early 2019.


The Thomas Davies Research Grant for Marine, Soil and Plant Biology is funded through a generous philanthropic bequest from the estate of the late Thomas Lewis Davies to the Australian Academy of Science.

The Fund offers annual Science Grants of up to $25,000 each to Early-and Mid-Career Researchers in the field of Marine, Soil and Plant Biology. Grants are GST exclusive.

For this grant Early-and Mid-Career Researchers are classified as scientists with up to 15 years post PhD experience.

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.


  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should have held a PhD (or equivalent) for no more than 15 years at the time of the award closing date.
  • Funding may be used towards the costs of research assistant salaries, equipment and other costs not covered from other sources. Funding may not cover, bench fees, managerial, insurance or visa costs.
  • Grants should be spent within 24 months from the date of award.
  • The work should lead to publication in high quality scientific journals.
  • Successful grant winners will be expected to present annual progress reports starting 12 months from when the award is made using the Academy's grant reporting template. A full report is also required within 3 months of the termination of the research project.


Applications should include the following information:

  • The following completed cover sheet (DOC, 13 KB). If there are 2 applicants, supply 2 cover sheets.
  • A Research Proposal structured under the following headings: Aims & Background, Significance of the research, Methodology, Management implications of the project (Maximum of 2 A4 pages using 12 font.)
  • Itemised budget with brief justification for each item, the names and details of research funding already received (project title, funding body, amount) (Maximum of 1 A4 page using 12 font)
  • Brief CV including qualifications, summary of professional/research experience, publications/presentations (Maximum of 1 page A4 using 12 font)
  • Two referees’ reports should also be attached to the application. The reports should be addressed to the ‘Awards Committee’ and be no more than one page in length and indicate the referees’ knowledge of the research and the researcher’s ability to carry out the project successfully.
  • Please type name of applicant on top right corner of each page

Applications and referee reports, must be emailed to Late applications will not be considered.

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. 

Grants are offered to successful applicants by November each year for projects to be carried out in the next year.

The Australian Academy of Science encourages applications from female candidates and from candidates from a broad geographical distribution.

For more information contact



  • Dr Joel Daniel Haywood, University of Western Australia: Structure-based investigations into plant growth pathway proteins.
  • Dr Sambasivam Periyannan, Australian National University: Protecting Australia’s Eucalypt landscape from myrtle rust invasion by rapid identification of natural resistance.
  • Dr Adriana Vergés, University of New South Wales Sydney: What are the food web implications of temperate reefs becoming increasingly dominated by tropical species?
  • Associate Professor Tracy Ainsworth, University of New South Wales Sydney: The impact of a changing climate to New South Wales coral populations.
  • Dr Staffan Persson, University of Melbourne: Monitoring fungal root wilt disease on canola in real-time.
  • Associate Professor Heloise Gibb, La Trobe University: Can we restore soil microbial communities by reintroducing digging mammals?
  • Dr Cindy Gunawan, University of Technology Sydney: Does the commercialised use of antimicrobial silver nanoparticles facilitate co-selection and spread of antibiotic resistance genes in marine microbiota? A metagenome study.

Previous years

Download the list of previous awardees (PDF, 93 KB).

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