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Research grants

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

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

A research grant of $7,315 has been awarded to the following applicant for a project commencing in 2021:

  • Vasilli Kasimov (The University of the Sunshine Coast): Viruses of a Feather: Investigating prevalence and genetic identity of Beak and Feather disease and Herpes viruses in birds from South-East Queensland.

Birds Queensland congratulates the successful applicant and we look forward to hearing the outcomes of her research project.

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

  • Conservation biogeography of the Northern Masked Owl.
  • Assessing the nature of nest predation on the Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius) in central Cape York
  • Governance of wetland sites and migratory shorebirds.
  • Factors that limit the use of nest boxes by native birds in southeast Queensland
  • Efficacy of novel wildlife monitoring technologies and methods compared with traditional raptor survey techniques in Australia.

Call for 2023 Birds Queensland Research Grants

Birds Queensland will offer a limited number of grants (up to $7,500 each) for research relating to the conservation of birds and their habitats in Queensland, especially those under threat. BQ Research Grants cover the costs of items such as laboratory materials, field equipment and travel, but do not normally cover salaries or attendance at conferences. They are for projects of one-year duration commencing in 2023, although consideration may be given to further funding of suitable on-going projects. 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.

Birds Queensland Grants are competitive and assessed by the Society’s independent Research Committee of experts. Funds for research grants are raised by the membership to support bird conservation research. The Birds Queensland management committee determines annually the amount of funding for grants, and takes advice from the research committee in the awarding of grants.

A copy of the full conditions of award will be available on request.

Research Grants for 2023 will open in July, with applications closing on 31 August 2022. Application kits will be available by emailing the Secretary.

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Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) © Vince Bugeja