AUSTRALIAN FLORA FOUNDATION
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH GRANTS – 2024
The Australian Flora Foundation invites applications for funding of research projects from individual researchers and research teams, to support original scientific studies on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants.
The Australian Flora Foundation was established in 1981 with the aim of fostering scientific research on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants. It aims to support research that will create improved understanding and greater awareness of the value of the Australian flora, leading to pathways for their conservation and utilisation.
Grants will be awarded for research projects to commence in early 2024, with funds available from December 2023.
The Foundation operates two grants programs:
Malcolm Reed Grants: to support projects for up to 3 years, with budgets in the range of $20,000 to $60,000, spread over the time period of the project.
Small Grants: to support projects for one to two years, with budgets in the range of $5,000 to $20,000, spread over the time period of the project.
Applications may be lodged under one scheme only.
The Foundation’s research priorities are:
conservation of Australian plant diversity, particularly those facing threats from climate change
the cultivation of Australian plants, to ensure their survival and reduce the threat to native ecosystems rare and endangered plants.
While proposals on other topics will also be considered, research on taxonomy and phytochemistry is of lesser interest unless it forms part of a larger project. Research on orchids and marine plants, and flora surveys are not within the scope of the Foundation’s funding aims.
For further details on the selection criteria, please go to https://aff.org.au/grants/selection-criteria/.
Projects which will be part of an ARC Linkage Project, or co-investment, will also be considered, but AFF funding will be dependent on ARC support for the Project.
The application process comprises two stages: Preliminary, brief applications should indicate the purpose of the project, the likely costs, and the research protocol, by March 18, 2024. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal by June 30, 2024. Applications must be submitted on the forms available at https://aff.org.au/grants/.
Successful applicants will be notified in September 2024, and funds will be available from December 2023 following the execution of a grant agreement.
Applications and enquiries should be submitted to the AFF Grants Officer at Hans.Griesser@unisa.edu.au
Summary of important dates:
Preliminary applications due by 18th March, 2024
Short-listed applicants advised early May
Full applications due by June (short-listed applicants will be notified of the specific dates)
Board meets August
Successful applicant advised September
Funds available from December
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