ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grant Program
The 2015–2016 Capacity-Building Grant round is OPEN.
Please note that, while an overseas institution may partner with an Australian institution on a grant project, the host institution must be an Australian institution and the Principal Investigator must be based at the host institution.
While the Program Rules allow for an overseas institution to be the host institution and an overseas Researcher to be the Principal Investigator, this eligibility supersedes that of the Program Rules in this area only. All other eligibility remain as per the Program Rules.
The National Taxonomy Research Grant Program (NTRGP) focuses on support for training and/or recruitment of taxonomists, especially for research on critical taxonomic groups.
The ABRS offers Honours Scholarships, Masters Scholarships and APA Top-Ups under the Capacity-Building Grants stream of the Program.
The ABRS is offering applicants starting a PhD on an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) in 2015 the opportunity to top up the existing APA rate ($24 653 in 2013) by $10 000 per year. The PhD research project of applicants must be focused on taxonomy or systematics analysis and address the ABRS Research Priorities. At least $5 000 of the Top-Up must be used to supplement research costs, with up to $5 000 of the Top-Up used to supplement living costs. Evidence of an APA and enrolment will need to be provided to the ABRS by 31 January, or with acceptance of the grant.
Non-salaried Researcher Grants are also available and are offered on an annual basis to allow the completion of projects by non-salaried researchers. A particular priority for these grants is to capture knowledge from senior, retired professionals and allow mentoring of junior researchers.
Capacity-Building Grants do not have a cash co-funding requirement. That is, applicants do not need to obtain a commitment of cash co-funding for their application to be considered.
Table 1 below outlines the grants that are available.
|Type of grant & amount
|Honours Scholarship — $10 000||$10 000||1 (or 2 part-time)|
|Masters Scholarship — $10 000||$10 000||1 (or 2 part-time)|
|APA Top-Up — $10 000||$10 000||3|
|Non-salaried researcher — $5 000||$5 000||1|
Assessment criteria and process
All Capacity-Building Grant applications are assessed according to the evidence provided in the application. The criteria used to select successful Capacity-Building Grant applications are:
|Application completed correctly||Yes/No|
|Academic merit of applicant||30%|
|Feasibility of proposed research||30%|
|Suitability of supervisor (applicable to Scholarships and Top-Ups only) and research environment, including physical and intellectual resources available in the institution||20%|
|Relevance of the project to the specific objectives of the National Research Priorities and the Priority Areas for Research Grants 2015–16||20%|
NEW Online Application Form and Program Rules
Applicants must read the following documents prior to completing an application for a Capacity-Building Grant in the 2015–16 round:
- 2015–16 Capacity-Building Grants — Program Rules (PDF - 403.96 kb) NEW
This document outlines the rules and eligibility requirements when applying for a Capacity-Building Grant
- 2015–16 Capacity-Building Grants — How to Complete an Application (PDF- 1.6 mb) NEW
This document provides guidance to applicants on how to complete and submit an online Capacity-Building Grant form
Applicants must complete the following online application form. Application forms must be submitted by the Host Institution contact listed in the application, prior to the close date.
Once submitted, the Host Institution will receive a submission receipt and number. Please keep these details, as the Host Institution can use them to follow application progress. For more information or assistance in completing the application form, please contact the ABRS Grants and Business Manager.
All grant recipients who receive funding from the ABRS under the 2015–2016 round, are subject to the terms and conditions set out in the ABRS Grant Funding Agreement.
The Department of the Environment has developed standard funding agreements for grants. Applicants who are successful in receiving funding under the ABRS NTRGP are subject to the conditions set out in the following funding agreement templates.
Note: These funding agreements are samples only and may vary slightly from year to year.
- Funding Agreement – Mini (less than $10 000) (DOCX - 87.09 kb) NEW
For Non-Salaried Researcher Grants (only)
- Funding Agreement - Short Form (under $50 000) (DOCX - 125.26 kb) NEW
For Honours Scholarships, Masters Scholarships and APA Top-Up Grants
ABRS grant recipients are required to report to the ABRS on the progress of their grant. Failure to submit any Report by the due date may result in cancellation of the grant and ALL future funding.
Note: All reporting forms are to be submitted either electronically (with a PDF of the signature page) to firstname.lastname@example.org OR as posted hard copies.
If you are uncertain of your grant type, the reporting requirements or which grant reporting template you should use, please contact the ABRS Grants and Business Manager.
Note: For specific grant reporting due dates, please refer to your grant funding agreement or contact the ABRS Grants and Business Manager.
- Capacity-Building Grants Notification Report Form (DOC - 157 kb)
- Capacity-Building Grants Progress Report Form (DOC - 159.5 kb)
- Capacity-Building Grants Final Report Form (DOC - 163.5 kb)
- Capacity-Building Grants Financial Report Form (DOC - 151.5 kb)
Ensure this form is submitted for each grant year (1 July – 30 June).
By email to:
By post to:
Grants and Business Manager
Australian Biological Resources Study
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601