Environmental Research grants

The 2017 Environmental Research grants program is now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI’s). You are invited to submit an expression of interest for proposals relating to one of the 2017 program themes and priorities (see below), that clearly show that the research outcomes can and will be practically applied on completion. EOI’s will close 3pm Monday, 13 March 2017. It is expected that those applicants who are invited to submit a full application will be notified in late May 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 were 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

Guidelines and application forms

Before you begin, applicants must read the guidelines, taking note of the submission checklist. 

  • The Expression of Interest form is an Adobe Smart Form (PDF). You will need Adobe Reader XI to complete the form.  You can download the latest Adobe Reader, which is free. (refer to the tips in the form for use as well).
  • Do not use Acrobat Pro to complete your form as it will not save the document with your typed responses.
  • Open the Application form, complete the questions and then save the document as organisation name only, and application number if more than one application being submitted.
  • You will need to save and name your document each time you close it down.
  • Once saved, the application form can then be emailed as an attachment.

Guidelines and application 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
6 February 2017 13 March 2017

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.

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.

Further information

For all enquiries, please contact the Environmental Trust administration:

Phone:  (02) 8837 6093
Email:    info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 17 February 2017