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 grant programs:
- Malcolm Reed Grants: Supporting 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: Supporting 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.
The application process comprises two stages:
1) Preliminary, brief applications should indicate the purpose of the project, the likely costs, and the research protocol: Due by March 17, 2023
2) Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal: Due by June 30, 2023
For more information and to apply, visit: https://aff.org.au/grants/grant-criteria/