Environmental Research grants

The 2017 Environmental Research grants program is now closed to Expressions of Interest (EOI’s).  It is expected that those applicants who are invited to submit a full application will be notified in June 2017.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the Environmental Research program is to support applied research projects that help address environmental problems in NSW.  The objectives of the 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 2017 will be $1,000,000.
  • Grants of up to $150,000 are available. 

2017 program themes and priorities

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

Theme 1: Contaminants and pollution

Theme 2: Biodiversity


  • New technologies for assessing pollution risk and minimisation
  • Impacts of pollution on biodiversity and important ecosystems
  • Emerging pollutants


  • New technologies and approaches to the protection, restoration and improvement of biodiversity

  • Maximisation of biodiversity in planted landscapes

  • Impact of pest, weed and pathogen management on biodiversity

Theme 3: Climate adaptation

Theme 4: Mechanisms for social engagement


  • Ecosystem adaptation and resilience
  • Mechanisms and processes for managing carbon budgets


  • Social drivers and pathways to environmental stewardship
  • Environmental and economic benefits of revegetation on private land

Forms and guidelines

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 reference and information only.

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
Expression of Interest
Closed Closed

2017 Program Guide

(PDF 774KB)


2017 EOI Guide

(PDF 420KB)


EOI application form

(PDF 316KB)


(by invite only)


Forms will be sent to invited applicants.


2017 Program Guide

(PDF 774KB)

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 May 2017