The call for applications is currently closed
The 2024 awards are now closed for nomination.
The 2025 award round will open in early 2024.
This fund offers annual science grants of up to $20,000 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 endangered Australian native vertebrate animals. Grants are GST exclusive.
The grant is open to PhD students and early-career researchers (within 3 years of completing their PhD or equivalent*). Grants are offered to successful applicants in November each year for projects to be commenced the next year. Funded activities are normally expected to have been undertaken within two years from the date of award. Awardees can apply for project variations if their award proposals are impacted by extenuating circumstance.
* The Australian Academy of Science is committed to ensuring that all eligible researchers can be considered for awards and collects career interruption information to assess their opportunity to demonstrate scientific excellence. Accordingly, extensions to the post PhD (or equivalent) eligibility requirements for Early and Mid-Career awards will be provided for qualifying career disruptions.
A career disruption involves prolonged interruption to a nominee’s capacity to conduct Full Time Equivalent (FTE) high-level research, either due to part-time employment or absence (for periods of one month or greater) and/or long-term partial return to work, to accommodate carer’s responsibilities, illness or other interruption.
The career disruptions here must have occurred post the date of the letter advising that the PhD thesis was passed and resulted in significantly reduced research productivity or nil research output. Career disruption periods will be taken into account for those who would otherwise be beyond the Post PhD Career Eligibility requirements.
This award is open to applications for candidates from all genders.
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Applicants must be in one of the two below categories.
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 one page progress report of their work to the Secretary after six months and a full report within three 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.
This grant does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, visa, insurance or infrastructure costs, or salaries.
Please submit your application using the Apply button found on the left of this webpage.
Applications must include the following:
Applications are assessed by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise and 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.
Learn more about the 2023 awardees here.
Download the list of previous awardees
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