The Environmental Research program supports applied research in identified priority environmental themes. 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.
Grants of up to $150,000 were available for rounds before 2019. A total of $1 million was offered in 2018, however due to the high quality of applications received, the Trust awarded more than $1.5 million.
2019 program themes and priorities
Mechanisms for social engagement
- Legitimacy of participatory engagement* (i.e. Citizen Science, public/private partnerships)
- Tools for predictive and adaptive on-ground management actions
- Impacts of land use on the water balance of natural systems
- Governance and strategy behind success and uptake of natural resource management (NRM) and land management programs
- Bushfire management
- Connectivity and landscape corridors
- Innovation in biosecurity
Wetland and river systems
- Waterway and groundwater-dependant ecosystem health and connectivity
- Impacts of land use on wetlands and river systems
- New techniques to improve the health of wetlands and river systems
Who can apply?
Grants can be made to collaborations that:
- demonstrate the capability to undertake applied research
- include the end-user of the proposed research.
Collaborating entities can be:
- community groups and organisations
- government entities.
When can applications be made?
Invited applications close 3pm Monday, 24 June 2019. The program is expected open for expressions of interest again in 2020.