Links to Environmental and Earth Sciences

Australian Antarctic Science (AAS) Grant Funding
Application forms, information and reporting facilities for scientific research projects under the Australian Antarctic Program and requests for Australian Antarctic Science (AAS) grant funding (formerly ASAC grants).

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)
The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) facilitates access to the special facilities at Lucas Heights by universities and other tertiary institutions and provides a focus for cooperation in the nuclear scientific and engineerin

Australian museum Eureka Prizes
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are Australia’s premier award scheme for outstanding science. Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, science leadership, school science and scie

Australian Postgraduate Awards
The main objectives of the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) programme are to: support postgraduate research training in the higher education sector; and provide financial support to domestic postgraduate students of exceptional research promise w

Backing Australia’s Ability: International Science Linkages
Extension of existing programme announced on 6 May 2004 as part of the new BAA package over seven years from 2004-05. This programme supports collaborations between Australian scientists and international partners on leading-edge science and technology.

Backing Australia’s Ability: National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy
Extension of existing programme announced on 6 May 2004 as part of the new BAA package over seven years from 2004-05. This programme will provide researchers with major research facilities, supporting infrastructure and networks necessary for research.

Bureau of Rural Sciences: Integrated Water Sciences
The Integrated Water Sciences Programme is at the forefront of research into water and salinity issues in Australia. This information is used in catchment planning and for national policy development and programme implementation.

Business Enterprise Centres (BECs)
The Australian Government will provide $42m over 4 years to fund the delivery of low cost small business advisory services through nominated Business Enterprise Centres (BECs) throughout Australia. Thirty six (36) BECs will be supported through this measu

Climate Ready Program
Part of the Clean Business Australia initiative, the Climate Ready program encourages businesses to develop and commercialise products, processes and services that save energy and water, reduce pollution and use waste products in innovative ways.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program
The Commonwealth Scholarships Programme was introduced in 2004 to assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those from rural and regional areas and Indigenous students, who are Australian citizens or holders of Australian permanent

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program
The Program is an Australian Government funded initiative. It boosts world-class research with the aim of turning Australia’s scientific innovations into successful new products, services and technologies, making our industries more efficient, productiv

Cooperative Research Centres Program
Extension of existing programme announced on 6 May 2004 as part of the new BAA package over seven years from 2004-05. The program aims to continue long-term, collaborative R&D ventures of substantial quality and scale in Australia and internationally.

CSIRO National Flagships Initiative
Extension of existing program announced on 6 May 2004 as part of the BAA package over seven years from 2004-05. The program aims to continue the development of large-scale collaborative research partnerships which reflect the NRPs.

Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme
The Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development scheme provides salary support to Indigenous Australian researchers and postgraduate research students to develop research expertise and experience to a level that is competitive with applicants for mainstr

Energy Innovation Fund
The Energy Innovation Fund has been established by the Australian Government to provide $150 million over five years to support the development of clean energy technologies.

Enterprise Connect
Enterprise Connect provides comprehensive support to Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to help them become more innovative, efficient and competitive

Ethanol Distribution Program
The Ethanol Distribution Program (EDP) is an eligibility-based grants program targeting retail service stations. It provides grants of up to $20 000 to reduce the infrastructure cost to enable a service station to supply 10 per cent ethanol blended petrol

Higher Education Research
Higher education research aims to maintain and strengthen Australia’s knowledge base and research capabilities, by developing an effective research and research training system. Site includes information about programs and policy.

International Awards and Exchanges
Opportunities for scholars/professionals to undertake advanced study, training or research activities in designated countries. A primary aim of the programme is to facilitate links between Australian and overseas institutions.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) Program
Enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification and gain experience with leading Australian researchers.

International Science Linkages Program
The International Science Linkages program supports Australian scientists, from both the public and private sectors, to collaborate with international partners on leading edge science and technology.

Land & Water Australia
Funds R&D that will help maintain the natural resource base. Focus is on the application of principles of ecologically sustainable development in order to maximise the benefits derived by the community from its land, water and vegetation resources.

Major National Reseach Facilities (MNRF) Program
The MNRF Program will fund the establishment of new, or the enhancement of existing, major facilities to provide Australian researchers with access to large-scale world class research infrastructure, increasing opportunties for scientific R&D.

National Competitive Grants Program
The ARC funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

National Innovation Awareness Strategy
Objective of raising community awareness of the central role that innovation plays in achievement of Australia´s economic and social goals. Innovation is regarded as including the fields of science, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship.

Plantations & Farm Forestry
This site outlines the Commonwealth Government’s plantation and farm forestry policies and programs and provides information designed to assist all those interested in this topic.

Pre-Seed Fund
For universities & public sector research agencies – to address gap between scientific discoveries & commercialisation. Will assist the commercialisation of public sector R&D by developing management & entrepreneurial skills of public sector researchers.

Prime Minister’s Science Prizes
The Science Prizes are a national tribute to excellent and dedicated work and are part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting & promoting the important contribution made to our daily lives by Australian innovations in science and technology.

Questacon: Smart Moves
A travelling Outreach program promoting cutting edge research, new ideas and entrepreneurship in science, engineering and technology.

Regional Minerals Programs
The Regional Minerals Program (RMP) was established by the Australian Government in 1996. After an initial four years, the RMP was extended in July 2000 for a further four years with annual funding of $250 000. No projects have been approved under the RMP

Renewable Energy Fund
Supporting development and deployment of renewable energy in Australia. The Australian Government has introduced the Renewable Energy Fund to support the adoption of renewable energy technologies in Australia.

Research and Development (R&D) Tax Concession
A broad-based, market driven tax concession which allows companies to deduct up to 125% of qualifying expenditure incurred on R&D activities when lodging their corporate tax return.

Research Related Reviews
Government’s response to Recommendations of ‘Evaluation of Knowledge and Innovation Reforms’, ‘Closer Collaboration between Universities and Major Publicly Funded Research Agencies’, ‘National Research Infrastructure Taskforce’.

Scholarships for Higher Education
Scholarships, fellowships, awards and other sources of funding for study and/or research available through the Higher Education Division, DEST. Includes Research Fellowships, Australian Postgraduate Awards, International Research Schemes and more…

Science Lectureships Initiative
The objectives of this programme are to support innovative projects in science-related education including the establishment of university lectureships and innovative course development.

Water and Australia’s future economic growth
Water is critical not only to life, but also to economic growth and environmental outcomes. This article examines how water in Australia is currently allocated and used, and explores some of the consequences of current water management arrangements


AUTHOR: Josip Ivanovic