Research grants

Each year Birds Queensland offers small grants for research relating to the conservation of birds and their habitats in Queensland, especially those under threat.

Three grants have been awarded for 2017:

  • Richard Fuller (The University of Queensland): Recovering the Critically Endangered Far Eastern Curlew; What is its migration route?
  • Nick Leseberg (The University of Queensland): Ecology and Conservation of the Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis)
  • Andrew Rogers (The University of Queensland): A river runs through: bird communities of riparian corridors in exotic plantations.

Here are some of the past projects that were partly funded by Birds Queensland:

  • Zoning recreational use of coastal protected areas to conserve Queensland's migratory shore birds (The University of Queensland).
  • Determining the behavior and social dynamics of southern cassowaries around anthropogenic food sources: Ecological source or sink? (University of New England)
  • The effects of current and future climate on subtropical rainforest bird communities of eastern Australia (Griffith University)
  • Mobile-link species: the connectivity and conservation of mangrove birds in northern Australia (James Cook University)

Call for 2018 Research Grants

Birds Queensland (BQ) is offering a limited number of grants of up to $5,000 (including GST) for research projects due to commence in 2018 relating to the conservation of birds and their habitats in Queensland, especially those under threat.

BQ Research Grants may be used to cover the costs of items such as laboratory materials, field equipment and travel, but do not normally cover salaries or attendance at conferences. The grants are for projects of one year duration, although consideration may be given to further funding of suitable on-going projects. This would require a new application.

Applications require the support of an incorporated body or of a university head of department and research services section, through which the research contract and grant payment will be administered. Successful applicants and the supervising organisation will be asked to sign a Conditions of Award agreement, which includes the following conditions:

  • The grant shall be fully expended within one year from the date of payment;
  • A summary of the research shall be provided for publication in the Birds Queensland newsletter and where possible a short talk shall be presented at a Birds Queensland general meeting;
  • A final financial statement shall be provided confirming that the grant has been fully expended.
  • Any unspent grant funds are to be refunded to Birds Queensland.

Those interested in obtaining an Application Kit should contact the Secretary, Birds Queensland at: PO Box 3784, South Brisbane BC, Qld 4101 or

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2017. Late applications will not be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Grants will be reviewed by the Birds Queensland Research Grants Committee and successful applicants will be advised by mid-November 2017.

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