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Science Grants 2011

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Paddy Pallin Science Grants

The Paddy Pallin Foundation, The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and the Humane Society International will be offering three annual Science Grants of up to $7000 to support field-based, high quality ecological research. The objective of the grant program is to provide financial support for conservation-based research of Australian ecosystems that will ultimately lead to tangible outcomes for management. The scope of the research is open to terrestrial, marine and freshwater research on animals and/or plants. Two of the grants will be specifically for Marine based science. The grants are open to postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers (within 3 years of submitting PhD). Funding for 2011 will commence in September. The grant will be administered through the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.

Grant Conditions

  • Applicants must be either enrolled or have an academic position (including adjunct/visiting positions) at an Australian University or research position at a relevant institution eg CSIRO or a museum.
  • Applicants should be financial members of the RZS NSW The research must address conservation problems in Australian systems and have clearly defined management implications. Preference will be given to research which deals with ecological community processes. For the HSI marine science grant, preference will be given to work proposed on listed marine, migratory or threatened EPBC-listed species.
  • The work should lead to publication in high quality ecological or conservation journals
  • The successful grant winner will be expected to present the outcomes of their research at a public lecture within 18-24 months of award date.
  • Details of the successful projects each year will be summarised on the RZS NSW, Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and Paddy Pallin Foundation websites.
  • Conference travel is not supported
  • University or research institutional on-costs are not supported
  • A short report of the project (up to two pages) is required at the end of each year suitable for posting on the above websites.

Application Process

Applications should include the following information:

  • Completed cover sheet.
  • Research proposal structured under the following headings; Aims and Background, Significance of the research (including conservation significance), Methodology, and Management Implications of the work (max 3 pages)
  • The proposal should also include an itemised budget with brief justification for each item, a short description of the research environment at host institution and the names , details of research funding already received (project title, funding body and amount), and the contact details of 2 referees (max 2 page)
  • Brief CV including qualifications, summary of research/professional experience, publications/presentations (max 2 pages)
  • A letter from the Head of Department or Head of Research Unit indicating that such a research proposal can be carried out within the Department and that any animal ethics issues have been resolved.
  • Applications must be emailed in PDF format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and received by the Executive officer of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW by 5:00pm on 5th August 2011. Late applications will not be considered.

A subcommittee comprising members of the council of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW and members of the Paddy Pallin Foundation will assess applications and the decision of the subcommittee is final. Applicants will be notified by email of the outcomes of the grant by 15 September 2011. Funding will then be provided on a staged basis after completion of progress report (after approximately 9 and 18 months depending on project).

Enquiries please contact the RZS office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Last Updated on Sunday, 26 June 2011 21:43


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