Environmental Research grants

The Grants under the 2018 round of the Research Program have been announced.

The Environmental Trust approved 10 projects totalling $1.352 million. A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2018 Research grant summaries page.

A total of 22 full applications were received on invitation from the Trust, requesting a total of $3,114,137. This followed an initial expression of interest (EOI) phase in which 95 were received requesting an upper value of $13.1 million.

The Research Program is now closed to EOIs and is expected to reopen in February 2019.


To support applied research projects that help address environmental problems in New South Wales. 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
  • improve knowledge and advanced techniques to solve general environmental problems in New South Wales
  • assess and evaluate application of innovative solutions to decrease environmental degradation in New South Wales.

Funding available

  • The total amount offered under the Environmental Research program in 2019 will be approximately $1,000,000.
  • Grants of up to $200,000 will be available.

2019 program themes and priorities

To assist with future planning, the themes and priorities for the 2019 Round are listed below.

Theme 1: Mechanisms for social engagement Theme 2: Resource management
  • 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
Theme 3: Landscape management Theme 4: Wetland and river systems
  • Bushfire management
  • Connectivity and landscape corridors
  • Innovation in biosecurity
  • 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


The planning and reporting templates for Research Program grantees are provided below. Go to Grantee planning and reporting for further guidance and information.

Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (DOC 113KB) Maps out what you will do to complete your project.
Project Measures (XLS 61KB) Captures projected and achieved quantitative output data for your Research project.
Progress and final report form Communicates your project’s progress (usually annually), and final achievements on project completion.
Financial reporting A financial report is required with each progress and final report, and for budget variation requests.

Example guidelines and application forms

The Environmental Research application process has 2 stages; Expression of Interest, and then application by invitation only. For stage 2, forms are sent to the invited applicants.

The Research program is closed to applications. The forms and documents below are for reference and information only.

Page last updated: 18 December 2018