Paddy Pallin Foundation Science Grant


Science Grants

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Paddy Pallin Science Grants

The next round will open for application in July or August 2017

The Paddy Pallin Foundation, together with the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife offer annual Science Grants of up to $7,000 to support field-based, high-quality ecological research. The objective of the grants 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.

This grants are open to postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers (within 3 years of completing PhD). Funding for normally will commence in September. The grant will be administered through the RZS.

In 2016 four grants are on offer. The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is supporting two Marine Science Grants specifically to support marine research of Australian marine ecosystems on marine plants or animals. The Paddy Pallin Foundation is supporting one grant for research in terrestrial systems and one other grant open for any system, marine, terrestrial or freshwater. The same application process applies to all grants

For queries about eligibility please contact A/Prof Peter Banks at [email protected].

Details of grant conditions and the application process are presented below.  Application forms are available from the RZS of NSW website.

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 AS A SINGLE PDF FILE:

  • Completed cover sheet
  • a 200 word lay person summary of the aims & significance of the project, the methods and the management outcomes of the research
  • 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 itemized 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)
  • if the project is part of a bigger project (or costs >$7000), the proposal must detail how the Paddy Pallin Science Grant is essential to the research and/or how the research will proceed should applications for funding submitted elsewhere are unsuccessful.
  • 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.

Applications must be emailed as a single PDF format file to and received by the Executive officer of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW by midnight on the closing date. 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 Science Grant funding bodies will assess applications and the decision of the subcommittee is final. Applicants will be notified by email of the outcomes of the grant by end September 2015. Funding will then be provided on staged basis after completion of progress report ($5000 initial, $1500 after a progress report at 12 months and the final $500 after a final report at 18-24 months depending on project).