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Grants and funding

Environmental Research Grants

Call for applications

The next round for the Environmental Research grants program will open to Expressions of Interest on 9 February 2015.

The aim of the Environmental Research program is to support 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 
  • provide knowledge about general environmental problems
  • assess environmental degradation.

Program priorities

Grants will be available for biophysical, social or economic research that relate to the program’s priorities. The priorities for the 2015 round will be announced when the program opens on 9 February 2015.


The total amount being offered under the Environmental Research program in 2014 is $1,000,000.

Grants of up to $150,000 are available

Application process

The Environmental Research application process has two stages; Expression of Interest, and then application by invitation only.

Stage Opening date Closing date Forms

Expression of Interest

By advertisement



Available once program is

open for application.

Detailed Project Application

By invitation only, based on EOI.




Example guidelines and application forms

All applications for funding must be submitted on the relevant application form for that program and for that year.  The relevant application form and program guidelines will be available on the webpage while the program is open for applications each year.

However, for the information of potential applicants, examples of application forms and program guidelines from previous years are available below:

2014 Expression of Interest Guidelines

2014 Expression of Interest Form

2014 Guidelines for Applicants

Sample Application Form

Grants awarded in 2014

A total of 196 EOIs were received and 34 were invited to submit full applications. The Environmental Trust approved eight applications totalling $1,035,544.. A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2014 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.

For further information please contact the Environmental Trust on (02) 8837 6093 or by email at: info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au


Page last updated: 16 January 2015