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Environmental Research Grants

Call for applications

The next round for the Environmental Research grants program is expected to open for application in January 2015.

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.

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 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.

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 or by email at  :info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 27 August 2014