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RESEARCH GRANTS - Call for applications
RESEARCH GRANTS for funding in 2014
The Australian Flora Foundation was established in 1981 with the aim of fostering scientific research on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants. It was thought that by encouraging research, a greater awareness of the value of the Australian flora would be developed resulting in explicit measures for their conservation and utilisation. Funds for research are raised through the membership of the Foundation, donations from various sources and the interest from bequests. Grants are available for projects which commence from December 2013. The Foundation expects to support between two and four projects at $5000 - $12,000 each in 2014 with possible extension into 2015.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications for grants to support original scientific projects on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants are invited from research workers in Australia. The Australian Flora Foundation will consider all relevant applications, with special interest in the following categories:
1) conservation of Australian plant diversity, particularly where there
are threats from climate change
All applications on rare and endangered plants should indicate how the research relates to the management plan for the species. The Foundation does not fund projects that are predominantly for equipment or travel (other than for essential fieldwork), publications, research on orchids, or taxonomy. It gives a low priority to flora surveys per se.
Projects must be scientifically sound and aim to provide outcomes within the period of the grant. Applicants must be suitably qualified or identify a qualified project supervisor.
Applications are in two stages. Preliminary applications of two A4 pages should indicate the purpose of the project, the likely costs and the research protocol. The institution or company to which the applicant is attached, a contact phone number, email address and postal address must be included. Please use the form provided. Applicants should pay particular attention to ensuring that their proposal meets the selection criteria. Preliminary applications will be accepted until 18th March 2013.
Each application will be evaluated on closeness to the objectives of the Australian Flora Foundation, the scientific merit of the project, the likely success within the stipulated timeframe, and the availability of funds. Full applications will be invited from those which best fit the criteria. Full applications will be assessed by the Scientific Research Committee and successful applicants notified in September 2013. Funds will become available to commence research from December 2013.
Applications should preferably be submitted electronically as a PDF file plus a MS Word file attached to an email to Peter Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, the file on a CD, DVD or USB flash drive may be mailed
Enquiries: to the above addresses.
Further information about the Foundation and past grants can be found at http://aff.org.au
The Australian Flora Foundation gratefully