Each year the Australian Flora Foundation funds a number of grants for research on the biology and cultivation of the Australian flora. While the grants are not usually large they are often vital in enabling such projects to be undertaken. Many of the projects are conducted by honours or postgraduate students, thus hopefully stimulating their interest in research into the flora.
This work is only made possible by the generous support of donors and benefactors. However, each year many worthwhile projects cannot be funded.
Applications for Australian Flora Foundation Research Grants are usually called once each year although a special grant round may be held at other times. In some cases donors specify particular aspects of research they prefer to fund, otherwise project proposals may cover a wide range of areas consistent with the Foundation's broad objectives.
Selection of projects is a two stage process. Early each year we call for brief proposals for projects to be funded the following year (Preliminary Applications). These are considered by the Foundation's Council and a short list is made of the most promising proposals. Short-listed applicants are invited to submit more detailed proposals (Final Applications) which are then assessed by the Scientific Research Committee. Finally the Council considers the Scientific Research Committee's reports and allocates funds within the budget available. Successful applicants are advised and funds become available after the AGM in November.