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Environmental Research Grants

Call for applications

Expressions of Interest for the Environmental Research Program closed on 14 February 2014. If your Expression of Interest is successful, you will be invited to submit a full application in April 2014.

Aim of the program

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.

Grants awarded in 2013

A total of 188 Expression of Interest were received and 28 were invited to submit full applications.  The Environmental Trust approved six projects totalling $885,704.  A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2013 Research project summary page.

Project categories for 2014

The total amount being offered under the Environmental Research program in 2014 is $1,000,000.  Research seeding grants are not being offered in 2014.

Grants are available for biophysical, social or economic research relating to any of the four priority areas from NSW 2021 project categories outlined in the table below.  Organisations were able to submit a maximum of three Expressions of Interest for each project category.


Project categorySpecifically

Threats to the environment

-  Pests and weeds

-  Fire

-  Coastal erosion

-  Coastal inundation

Biodiversity and native vegetation

-  Habitat restoration

-  Threatened species


-  Air quality

-  Waste recovery

Rivers, wetlands and coasts

-  Environmental water

-  Wetland and catchment health

Application process for 2014

The Environmental Research application process has two stages; Expression of Interest, and then application by invitation only. The Environmental Trust only accepts Expressions of Interest for the advertised project categories.

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms

Expression of Interest

By advertisement



2014 Expression of Interest Guidelines
(140005EOIGdeRD.docx, 290KB)

   2014 Expression of Interest Form
(140004EOIFormRD.docx, 47KB)

Detailed Project Application

By invitation only, based on EOI.

22 April 2014

23 May 2014

2014 Guidelines for Applicants
(130834ApGdeRD.pdf, 123KB)

   Sample Application Form
(140006ApFormRD.docx, 82KB)
   2014 Application Budget
(140047ApBudget.xls,  165KB)

Grants awarded in previous years

For information on previous grants awarded please select the relevant program from the side navigation menu.

The NSW Environmental Trust has commissioned the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer to conduct an evaluation of the Research Grants Program. As part of this evaluation, the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer is surveying both successful and unsuccessful applicants of previous rounds to identify strengths and weaknesses in the Program.

Click here to view a letter to survey recipients from the Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane.

Case studies

A range of case studies from previously conducted Environmental Research projects are available on the Case studies page. These projects all have their unique way of assisting to conserve and enhance the New South Wales environment.

For further information please contact the Environmental Trust on (02) 8837 6093.

NSW Environmental Trust
PO Box 644, PARRAMATTA 2124
Phone: (02) 8837 6093

Page last updated: 16 April 2014