Environmental Research grants

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 offered under the Environmental Research program in 2016 was $1,000,000.
  • Grants of up to $150,000 are available.

Grants awarded

Grants awarded in 2016

A total of 187 EOIs were received and 28 were invited to submit full applications. The Environmental Trust approved eight applications totalling $1,158,359. 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 2016 Research project summaries page.

Grants awarded in previous years

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

2016 program priorities

Grants were 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 pollutionn

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

Example guidelines and forms

The Environmental Research application process has two stages; Expression of Interest, and then application by invitation only.  The Research program is closed to applications. The forms and documents below are for information only and will be updated when the next round opens in 2017.

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
Expression of Interest
Closed Closed

2016 Program Guide

(PDF 205KB)


2016 EOI Guide

(PDF 735KB)


EOI form

(PDF 150KB)


(by invite only)


Forms 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: 31 October 2016