Grant Application



RESEARCH GRANTS – for funding in 2023

The Australian Flora Foundation was established in 1981 with the aim of fostering scientific research on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants. It was thought that by encouraging research, a greater awareness of the value of the Australian flora would be developed, resulting in explicit measures for their conservation and utilisation. Funds for research are raised through the membership of the Foundation, donations from various sources and the income from bequests. Grants are available for research projects which commence in 2023, with funds available from December 2022.

The Foundation has recently received a bequest which will allow grants to be expanded compared to previous years.  Grants will now be distributed under two programs.  For funding commencing in 2023, the Foundation expects to support the following:

Malcolm Reed (Large) Grants: to support projects for up to 3 years.  Grants can be a minimum of $20,000 up to a maximum of $60,000, spread over the time period of the project.

Small Grants: to support projects for up to two years.  Grants can be a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of 20,000, spread over the time period of the project.

Applications for $20,000 may be lodged under one scheme only.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications for grants to support original scientific projects on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants are invited from research workers in Australia. Applications must be either for a Malcolm Reed (Large) Grant or a Small Grant – the same project cannot be submitted to both programs.  The Australian Flora Foundation will consider relevant applications, with special interest in the following categories:

  • conservation of Australian plant diversity, particularly where there are threats from climate change
  • the cultivation of Australian plants, to ensure their survival and reduce the threat to native ecosystems
  • rare and endangered plants.

All applications on rare and endangered plants should indicate how the research relates to the known management plan for the species. The Foundation does not fund conference travel, publication costs, research on orchids or taxonomy. It gives a low priority to flora surveys per se or studies of marine plants.

Projects which will be part of an ARC Linkage Project will also be considered, but AFF funding will be dependent on ARC support for the Project.

Projects must be scientifically sound and aim to provide outcomes within the period of the grant.  Applicants must be suitably qualified or identify a qualified project supervisor.

Applications are in two stages. Preliminary applications should describe the purpose of the project, the likely costs and the research protocol. The institution or company to which the applicant is attached, a contact phone number and email and postal address must be included. The Chief Investigator is not accepted as the administration contact. This person is normally someone from the research organisation’s Research Office. Please fill the Preliminary grant application form for 2022 for either the Malcolm Reed Grants or the Small Grants, and if requested, the full grant application.

Preliminary applications will be accepted until 18th March 2022.

Each application will be evaluated on its alignment with the objectives of the Australian Flora Foundation, the scientific merit of the project, the likely success within the stipulated time frame, and the availability of funds. Full applications will be invited from those which best fit the criteria. Full applications will be assessed by the Scientific Research Committee and successful applicants notified in September 2022.

Applications should preferably be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word file with a matching PDF file attached to an email to Peter Goodwin, the AFF Grants Officer:

Enquiries:  to the above address.

Important dates:

Preliminary applications due by         18th March, 2022

Short-listed applicants advised          early May

Full applications due by                       17th June

Board meets                                         August

Successful applicant advised            September

Funds available from                          December 2022

The Australian Flora Foundation gratefully acknowledges all those individuals and organisations who make these grants possible  by contributing to the Australian Flora Foundation Research Fund