Queensland's Citizen Science Hub

Entomological Society of Queensland

Below are several notices regarding funding opportunities available, including the 2024 ESQ Student Award ($500), the 2024 ESQ Small Grants Scheme ($2000) and two grants from Moths and Butterflies Australasia (MABA): the Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment (up to $4,500) and the MABA Diversity Fund Early Career Research Grant ($40,000).

$500 ESQ Student Award 2024

This is an award by the Society to encourage entomological research. Honours, Diploma and 4th year Degree students who received their qualification from any Queensland tertiary education institution in 2022 OR 2023 may submit their entomology-based thesis or report for consideration. Entrants need not be Society members. Entries are judged by a panel of three entomologists appointed by the President of the Society. The winner will be announced at the May General Meeting (8 May 2024) and is then invited to present a summary of their research at the June Notes and Exhibits meeting (11 June 2024) of the Society. The option of giving the presentation via Zoom is available.

Please note, a hard copy of your thesis/report does not need to be submitted, and the submission of a PDF version is encouraged. This should be emailed together with a signed copy of the completed entry form to the secretary at: secretary AT esq.org.au.

Closing date: Friday, 5 April 2024.

$2,000 Small Grants Scheme

The small grants scheme is available each year to support entomology-related projects up to $2000.

– Applicants must be financial members of ESQ.
– Projects must be undertaken in the 12 months from July of the year of submission to the following June.
– Projects are to be undertaken in Australia.
– Preference is given to stand-alone projects rather than as top-ups to existing projects.
– Submissions will be reviewed, then successful applicants will be notified in June in order to start their project in July.
– Recipients are required to provide a one-page report at the project mid-point; a presentation at a Notes & Exhibits meeting is encouraged but not required.
– A written summary of research findings, project outcomes and a financial acquittal are required at the end of the project.

For more details see the ESQ website: https://www.esq.org.au/awards.html

Closing date: 30 April 2024.

(up to) $4,500 Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment 2024

We are pleased to announce our annual grants of up to A$4,500 from the Perpetual Foundation – Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment (ALRE) for the financial year July 2024 to June 2025, and we are inviting applications. Because we did not disburse any funds last year larger projects will be considered subject to discussion.

Eligibility: Any lepidopterist, amateur or professional, working on the Australian fauna, is eligible to apply for any of the activities considered for support, as listed on the MABA website: https://maba.org.au/alre/home/

To be eligible, grants can be handled only by organisations that hold Australian Taxation Office Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR1) endorsement (covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997). Further documentation may be requested during the selection process to confirm an organisation’s eligibility. The ANIC may be able to handle grants for overseas applicants.

The application form can be found on the MABA website: https://maba.org.au/alre/grants/ and should be submitted by 1 March 2024 by email to Marianne.Horak AT csiro.au. For further information please visit the MABA website: https://maba.org.au/alre/home/ or contact Marianne Horak directly (Marianne.Horak AT csiro.au or tel. 0417494389.

$40,000 MABA Diversity Fund Early Career Research Grant

We are pleased to announce an inaugural grant of A$40,000 for the MABA Biodiversity Fund for this calendar year. The grant is specifically to support early career scientists (within 5 years of completing their Ph.D., M.Sc., or equivalent degree) engaged in projects that emphasise the biodiversity conservation, systematics and ecological interactions of moths.

The successful applicant will be notified by 31 March 2024. For further information on the background, eligibility criteria, details, submission guidelines, review process and reporting requirements please visit the MABA website: https://maba.org.au/grants/available_grants/biodiversity_fund/ and navigate to the header “Call for Grant Applications 2024”. Applications must be submitted to Michael Braby (secretary AT maba.org.au).

Closing date: 1 March, 2024.

Astronomical Association of Queensland

The Edward Corbould Research Fund of the AAQ was established in 1987 with a grant of $50,000. The fund is to support research projects by amateur astronomers. The Association welcomes interest from secondary school students and amateur astronomers who would like to contribute to astronomy, but are unsure about how to prepare a research proposal. Be not afraid! We have experienced amateur astronomical researchers who would be only too happy to assist you. Make contact with AAQ and we can discuss what is possible.

Queensland Frog Society’s Public Trust Fund

Students and researchers from secondary and tertiary institutes can apply for grants through this fund. These grants fund research projects that aim to uncover valuable information and help better understand Queensland’s frogs, which would not be possible without financial support from the fund. Details can be found on the Ric Nattrass Research Grant page of the QFS website.

Australian Academy of Science Grant opportunities from the Australian Academy of Science.

Australian Wildlife Society University Grants.

Australian Citizen Science Association

Many citizens cience projects generate information that should be preserved and made widely available, but don’t necessarily meet the restrictive criteria for scholarly scientific publication. Citizen scientists and naturalists can browse the attached guide Publishing Opportunities on how to choose an outlet for their material. For more detail see the page on Sharing Scientific Information

Would you like to publish your citizen science research in an open access journal for maximum public benefit but can’t quite afford the fees? There are no author charges to publish in the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland, an open access journal.

Commonwealth Government Grant opportunities from the Commonwealth Government.


The periodic newsletter of Queensland Water and Land Carers includes announcements of grants in the landcare and environmental restoration fields.