The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is inviting post-graduate students in the biophysical and social science fields to apply for its Reef Guardian Research Grants 2018.

The grants provide financial assistance ranging from $1000 to $5000 for new management-relevant research that addresses risks and threats faced by the Great Barrier Reef.

The grants are open to doctorate and masters students throughout Australia.

The grants are an important way for us to support and acknowledge valuable research being conducted by a new generation of scientists. They also encourage early career scientists to consider their research in the context of management for better environmental outcomes.

Project proposals may focus on any aspect of the physical, biological, social, cultural and economic aspects of the Great Barrier Reef, and could range from observing social attitudes towards Reef management to examining the biological characteristics of a particular reef species.

Projects addressing the management, conservation and sustainable use of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the World Heritage Area are particularly encouraged.

Applicants must demonstrate how their proposed research addresses the knowledge gaps identified in the Agency’s Science Strategy and Information Needs 2014-2019. Other key supporting documents include the Great Barrier Reef Region Strategic Assessment ReportGreat Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014, and the Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan.

Applications close on 14 February 2018 and successful candidates will be notified in April 2018.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward this information to any post graduate student who may be interested in applying for the awards. Please also consider printing the attached poster and placing it on university noticeboards.

For more information, go to the Agency’s website at or email

Opening date: 
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 09:00
Closing date: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 17:00