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Australian Conservation Taxonomy Award

The Australian Conservation Taxonomy Award is designed to foster research by young scientists into important taxonomic problems that have significant implications for conservation in Australia. The Nature Conservancy, thanks to generous support from The Thomas Foundation, have created this $9,000 Award, which includes funding for a research project and costs associated with attending Australasian Systematic Botany Society Conferences.

The award fills a gap in science awards currently available in Australia in that it focuses on taxonomy, an area of science which is chronically under-funded. Taxonomy helps us understand biodiversity and therefore is critical for conservation. It will also help to celebrate and promote the role that taxonomists and curators play in many ways, including measuring the response and adaptation of biodiversity to climate change. From the perspective of both The Nature Conservancy and The Thomas Foundation, the award provides young researchers with the opportunity to build stronger links with those organisations and their partners in order to make a lasting contribution to conservation.

Applications for an Australian Conservation Taxonomy Award are welcomed from all current financial members of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society who are either enrolled as postgraduate research students or planning to enroll in a postgraduate research degree within twelve months of the closing date for applications. The project must contribute to Australian systematic botany (including cryptogams), must be carried out within Australia, and must have relevance to a conservation issue. The value of the grant awarded will be $6000 plus up to $3000 allocated to attendance at two ASBS conferences. Large capital items will not be considered. Applications will be assessed on the quality of the applicant and the proposed project. The project should be clearly defined in scope and preferably result in a publication.

Requirements of Successful Applicant

A presentation (either spoken or poster) outlining the proposed research to be given at the ASBS conference at which the award is formally presented.

A spoken presentation describing the results of the funded research to be given at the ASBS conference following that at which the award was granted.

A report summarising the tasks and objectives accomplished by the use of the award funds and a financial accounting of budget to actual expenditures must be submitted to the ASBS Secretary by 30 November 2013 for the award issued in 2012 and 30 November 2014 for the award issued in 2013. A short report on the progress and outcomes of the research project should be submitted annually to ASBS and The Nature Conservancy in November each year until the completion of the postgraduate degree, including copies of any published papers or conference presentations

A brief summary of the project is required to be submitted for publication in the Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter within 18 months of the award being issued.

Acknowledgement of The Nature Conservancy and The Thomas Foundation in any published papers and presentations.

Timeline for Each Year

  • March 14 – Applications close
  • April 30 – Assessment of applications completed
  • End of first week in May – Letters mailed to all applicants, with cheque for $7500 to the administering institution of the successful applicant
  • September 2012 (the next ASBS Conference - for first round, Perth)- Formal announcement and presentation on planned research
  • 2013 - Presentation of results – at the following ASBS Conference (Date and venue to be announced)
  • 30 November 2013 – Deadline for formal report, summarising the tasks and objectives accomplished by the use of the award funds and a financial accounting of budget to actual expenditures - to the ASBS Secretary
  • December 2013 – $1500 paid to the administering institution of the successful applicant on receipt of a satisfactory formal report
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Application Form

Grant Application Form (40kb Word document)

This grant application form must be completed in sufficient detail to provide a 'stand alone' proposal.

References and publication list may be attached to provide additional information.

Completed applications must be submitted as pdf files by email to the Secretary of the Society.

Both the Selection Criteria and a Grant Application Form are available from this web site.

The closing dates for applications are March 14 2012 and March 14 2013.

The Scientific Committee may decide to make no awards in a particular round.

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Past Award Recipients

2012 was the first year for this award

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