Environmental Research Grants

The 2016 round of the Environmental Research program is now open for applications. Applications close on 11 March 2016.

The aim of the Environmental Research program is to support applied research projects that help address environmental problems in NSW.


The objectives of the Environmental Research program are to:

  • generate new knowledge or information to facilitate local solutions to environmental problems
  • discover new methods of operation for NSW industries that are less harmful to the environment and enhance public good
  • knowledge and advance techniques to solve general environmental problems in NSW
  • assess and evaluate application of innovative solutions to decrease environmental degradation in NSW.


The total amount being offered under the Environmental Research program in 2016 is $1,000,000.

Grants of up to $150,000 are available.

Grants awarded in 2015

A total of 173 EOIs were received and 30 were invited to submit full applications. The Environmental Trust approved eight applications totalling $1,125,289. Additional funding above the allocated budget was approved due to the high quality of submitted applications. A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2015 Research major grants page.

Grants awarded in previous years

For information on previous grants awarded please select the relevant program from the side navigation menu. A full range of case studies from previously conducted Environmental Research projects are available on the case studies page.

Program priorities for 2016

Grants are available for applied biophysical, social or economic research that relates to the program’s priorities.

Priority 1: Biosecurity

Priority 2: Climate change


  • Integrated management systems
  • Surveillance and assessment tools
  • Risk mitigation and control methods (including alternative to chemical controls)


  • Impacts and adaptation options

Priority 3: Waste and pollution

Priority 4: Mechanisms for social engagement


  • Waste treatment and reduction technologies
  • Methods to reduce impacts from hazardous pollution


  • New methods to engage, communicate and change behaviours in relation to environmental issues

Guidelines and application forms

The Environmental Research application process has two stages; Expression of Interest, and then application by invitation only.  Please contact the Environmental Trust:

Before you begin, applicants must read the guidelines, taking note of the submission checklist. 

  • The Expression of Interest (EOI) form is an Adobe Smart Form (PDF). You will need to download the latest Adobe Reader, which is free.
  • Do not use Acrobat Pro to complete your form as it will not save the document with your typed responses.
  • Open the EOI form, complete the questions and then save the document as organisation name - Principal Investigator only.
  • EOI form can then be emailed as an attachment.


2016 guidelines and forms

 StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
Expression of Interest
8 February 2016 11 March 2016

2016 Program Guide

(205 KB)

2016 EOI Guide

(735 KB)


EOI form

(150 KB)


(by invite only)


Forms will be provided to invited applicants.

Further information

For all enquiries, please contact the Environmental Trust administration:

Phone:  (02) 8837 6093
Email:    info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 10 February 2016