Environmental Research grants

The Environmental Research Program is now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI). EOIs will close on Monday 11 March 2019 at 3pm sharp.


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

  • Grants of between $50,000 and $200,000 are available.
  • The total amount offered under the Environmental Research program in 2019 is approximately $1,000,000.

2019 program themes and priorities

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

*Seeking to further knowledge on effective methods for driving community participation and engagement in addressing contemporary environmental issues.

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 guidelines and forms below should be used to guide and prepare your 2019 EOI.


Planning and reporting templates for current 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.
Page last updated: 15 February 2019