Research & Grants

One of the greatest challenges our generation faces is to conserve the variety of plant and animal life - the biodiversity - for healthy ecosystems.

Baptiste holding a Central bearded dragon in Sturt National Park; photo Dympna Cullen

The 2022 Mike Bull Award for Early Career Nature Scientists and other student grants are NOW CLOSED. Applicants for the Mike Bull Award will be contacted in July regarding the outcome of their application and applicants for the student grant round will be contacted in June. The next round of funding will be available in March 2023.

Nature Foundation’s work on our nature reserves and throughout South Australia to halt and reverse the unprecedented rate of species loss and conserve biodiversity often involves new, site specific, and multidisciplinary practices. We aim to lead the field in conservation management not only locally, but internationally.

Of particular importance to Nature Foundation is our commitment to South Australian ecological science to ensure that we accumulate vital knowledge about our own ecosystems. Scientific research underpins every aspect of our work.

We partner with universities, visiting researchers and research grant recipients, who undertake research aligning with our science strategy.

Undertaking research on our Nature Reserves

We partner with researchers - collaborating partners, visiting researchers and research grant recipients - who are interested in undertaking research that aligns with our Science Strategy. Researchers and university students who wish to undertake research on our nature reserves are required to obtain approval through our Nature Conservation Committee. 

Research proposals will be considered for approval at quarterly Nature Conservation Committee meetings. The next meetings are scheduled for 3 August 2021, 2 November 2021 and 8 February 2022 with future dates to be advised.

Research proposals must be submitted to Nature Foundation a minimum of two weeks prior to the meeting date and be accompanied by the following:

•    Research and Conservation Programs Nature Reserve Visit Application Form
•    the relevant property booking form (camping/accommodation for Witchelina or Hiltaba)
•    evidence of valid scientific research permits, ethics approvals and any other required approvals.

Grant Funding

Nature Foundation undertakes a regular grants program, funded by donations from our generous supporters. This program proudly funds research that contributes to the conservation of South Australia’s biodiversity and habitats, and supports university students and researchers in their work and careers.

We prioritise grants that align with our science strategy and focus on our nature reserves, or our conservation programs.

For more information see grant categories and how to apply for a grant.

Outcomes and Research Papers

Since 2003 Nature Foundation has awarded 418 grants in nature science to university students, universities and other research institutions, with a total value of more than $1.7 million.

Search for research papers funded by Nature Foundation in our online research library.

Grant Categories
Nature Foundation offers grants in several categories. Grants may not be offered in each category in every grant round.
How to Apply
Nature Foundation’s grants support research that contributes to the conservation of South Australia’s biodiversity and habitats.
View Research Papers
Since 2003 we have funded 418 grants totalling more than $1.7 million to university students, universities and other research institutions.

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