Capacity-Building Grants

ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grant Program

The 2016–2017 Capacity-Building Grant round is CLOSED.

The National Taxonomy Research Grant Program (NTRGP) focuses on support for training and/or recruitment of taxonomists, especially for research on critical taxonomic groups.

The ABRS offers Honours Scholarships, Masters Scholarships and APA Top-Ups under the Capacity-Building Grants stream of the Program.

The ABRS is offering applicants starting a PhD on an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) in 2016 the opportunity to top up the existing APA rate by $10 000 per year. The PhD research project of applicants must be focused on taxonomy or systematics analysis and address the ABRS Research Priorities. At least $5 000 of the Top-Up must be used to supplement research costs, with up to $5 000 of the Top-Up used to supplement living costs. Evidence of an APA and enrolment will need to be provided to the ABRS prior to or upon acceptance of an offer of a grant. APA Top-Up applicants must have applied for an APA that commences in 2016.

Non-salaried Researcher Grants are also available and are offered on an annual basis to allow the completion of projects by non-salaried researchers. A particular priority for these grants is to capture knowledge from senior, retired professionals and allow mentoring of junior researchers.

Capacity-Building Grants do not have a cash co-funding requirement. That is, applicants do not need to obtain a commitment of cash co-funding for their application to be considered.

Table 1 below outlines the grants that are available.

Table 1: Capacity-Building Grants 2016–2017
Type of grant & amount
(per annum)
ABRS contribution
(per annum)
Honours Scholarship — $10 000 $10 000 1 (or 2 part-time)
Masters Scholarship — $10 000 $10 000 1 (or 2 part-time)
APA Top-Up — $10 000 $10 000 3
Non-salaried researcher — $5 000 $5 000 1

Assessment criteria and process

All Capacity-Building Grant applications are assessed according to the evidence provided in the application. The criteria used to select successful Capacity-Building Grant applications are:

Table 2, Assessment Criteria, Processes and Weighting
Application completed correctly Yes/No
Academic merit of applicant 30%
Feasibility of proposed research 30%
Suitability of supervisor (applicable to Scholarships and Top-Ups only) and research environment, including physical and intellectual resources available in the institution 20%
Relevance of the project to the specific objectives of the National Research Priorities and the Priority Areas for Research Grants 2016–17 20%

Funding agreements

All grant recipients who receive funding from the ABRS under the 2016–2017 round, are subject to the terms and conditions set out in the ABRS Grant Funding Agreement.

The Department of the Environment has developed standard funding agreements for grants. Applicants who are successful in receiving funding under the ABRS NTRGP are subject to the conditions set out in the following funding agreement templates.

Note: These funding agreements are samples only and may vary slightly from year to year.


ABRS grant recipients are required to report to the ABRS on the progress of their grant. Failure to submit any Report by the due date may result in cancellation of the grant and ALL future funding.

Note: All reporting forms are to be submitted either electronically (with a PDF of the signature page) to OR as posted hard copies.

If you are uncertain of your grant type, the reporting requirements or which grant reporting template you should use, please contact the ABRS Grants and Business Manager.

Note: For specific grant reporting due dates, please refer to your grant funding agreement or contact the ABRS Grants and Business Manager.

Reports for Capacity-Building Grants should be sent:

By email to:

By post to:

Grants and Business Manager
Australian Biological Resources Study
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601