Application completed correctly;
Host institution able to provide the required support;
Value for money (e.g. justified expenses, substantial work output);
Relevance of the project to the specific objectives of the National Research Priorities and the Priority Areas for Research Grants 2017–2018;
Feasibility of the project or merit of the proposed product (including the breadth of the likely client user group);
Ability to carry out the project, or capacity in the case of early career researchers to do the project, as demonstrated in the application.
The Department of the Environment and Energy presents the Research Grant stream provides support to Postdoctoral Fellows and established career researchers to undertake research relevant to the taxonomy and systematics of the Australian biota. Research and Postdoctoral Fellowship grants are available.
All Research grants have a co-funding requirement. That is, applicants must have obtained a commitment for the applicable amount of co-funding for their application to be considered. The ABRS will place no restrictions on the source of this contribution, but applicants will need to be aware of the rules of other granting agencies, which may limit how funds contributed by them may be used. Salary may be included as co-funding. However, in an instance where two projects are of equal scientific merit but one has salary co-funding and the other cash co-funding, the project with cash co-funding will be ranked higher. In-kind contributions will be recognised but will not replace the requirement for additional co-funding input.
All research grants awarded in the 2017–2018 Research Grant round are of three years duration.
Type of grant & amount (per annum)
Research grant — $10 000
Research grant — $35 000
Research grant — $70 000
Research grant — $90 000
Postdoctoral fellowship grant — $90 000
Assessment criteria and process
All Research Grant applications are assessed according to the evidence provided in the application. The criteria used to select successful Research Grant applications are:
- Application completed correctly Yes/No
- (If required) Cash or salary co-funding included Yes/No
- Host institution able to provide the required support Yes/No
- Value for money (e.g. justified expenses, substantial work output) Yes/No
- Relevance of the project to the specific objectives of the National Research Priorities and the Priority Areas for Research Grants 2017–2018 20%
Feasibility of the project or merit of the proposed product (including the breadth of the likely client user group) 40%
Ability to carry out the project, or capacity in the case of early career researchers to do the project, as demonstrated in the application 40%.
Applicants must complete the following online application form. Application forms must be submitted by the Host Institution contact listed in the application, prior to the close date.
The Department designs and implements the Australian Government’s policies and programmes to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage and promote climate action. The environmental framework is being delivered under four pillars:
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