Australian Biological Resources Study - National Taxonomy Research Grant Program 2024-25

This grant provides up to $300,000 for taxonomy and systematics research, training and recruitment of taxonomists.
Closes in 4 days

Closing date: Monday 26 February 2024 5:00pm AEDT Mon 26 Feb 2024 5:00pm AEDT

What do you get?

Grant amounts vary depending on the research stream. The maximum grant amount per research stream is:

  • $10,000 for Honours, Masters Scholarship and Non-salaried Researcher Grants
  • $20,000 for PhD Scholarship Support Grants
  • $20,000 for Early Career Research Grants
  • $270,000 for Research Grants
  • $300,000 for Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants.

Up to 50% co-funding is required for; Early Career Research Grants, Research Grants, and for Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants.

The minimum grant amount for Non-salaried Researcher Grants is $5,000.

The minimum grant amount for all other grant streams is $10,000.

Who is this for?

Australian institutions who are hosting Honours, Masters, PhD or non-salaried researchers.

Host institutions include museums, herbaria, universities, and other government agencies that have some focus on the science of taxonomy and systematics.


The National Taxonomy Research Grant Program commits up to $2 million annually to support research into taxonomy.

The program aims to:

  • improve knowledge of the Australian biota through targeted taxonomic research
  • build Australia’s taxonomic capacity by supporting tertiary research training and early career researchers and facilitating knowledge transfer
  • inform and influence the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) information products
  • positively contribute to the fields of taxonomy and systematics.

Learn more about the policy that supports this program.

There are 7 grant streams available to applicants to support research projects:

  • Honours Scholarship – Honours student hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Masters Scholarship – Masters student hosted by an appropriate institution
  • PhD Scholarship Support Grant – PhD student with a Research Training Program Scholarship that commenced in 2023 hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Non–salaried Researcher Grant – A retired or unemployed person, or someone who is currently employed in a non–taxonomy capacity, for whom taxonomic research is an auxiliary, non‑funded activity.

Co–funded grants:

  • Research Grant – Researcher employed or hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Early Career Research Grant – Early career researcher employed or hosted by an appropriate institution
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant – Researcher who has had their PhD thesis accepted and is employed or hosted by an appropriate institution.

Co–funded grants require co-funding of a minimum of 50% of the total amount of grant funding sought.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • are an appropriate host institution (see guidelines section 14) submitting an application on behalf of a Principal Investigator, scholarship student, or Non-Salaried Researcher Grant.

You must also be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia (this includes Indigenous organisations registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations)
  • a co-operative
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO)
  • an Australian local government agency or body
  • an Australian State/Territory Government agency or body
  • an Australian Commonwealth Government agency or body
  • an incorporated association or not for profit organisation and you do not have an active state or territory incorporated association registration or ACNC registration at the time of application, provide the Constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the character of the organisation
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

You can’t apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s website on the list of ‘Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme’
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • an international entity (overseas institutions are not eligible, but they can become Joint Investigators through an appropriate Australian host institution or other collaborators on the application, or through co-funding contributions)
  • an unincorporated association
  • an applicant that provides a CV of more than 4 pages (per CV) for a Principal Investigator, Joint Investigator or Student Supervisor
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • any applications from institutions that have outstanding reports or material owed from other existing or completed NTRGP grants.

You must complete your project by 30 June 2028.

Your project must be aimed at undertaking research into at least one of the three Priority Areas for Research listed in the Australian Biological Resources Study.

You can apply for a grant between 18 December 2023 – 26 February 2024.

You can use this grant funding to:

  • be a direct cost of the project for conducting the research activity
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities.

You must incur expenditure between the start and end or completion date of your project for it to be considered eligible. You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure you have incurred on an agreed project as defined in your grant agreement. This includes:

  • travel costs, both domestic and international, limited to the reasonable cost of accommodation and transportation required to conduct agreed project activities
  • stipends and other support such as fieldwork expenses and miscellaneous consumables for Postgraduate students in the Research Grant stream
  • direct labour costs of employees you directly employ on the core elements of the project. We consider a person an employee when you pay them a regular salary or wage, out of which you make regular tax instalment deductions. When completing the application budget, salary (plus salary on-costs) may be included as co-funding
  • up to 28% labour on costs to cover employer paid superannuation, payroll tax, workers compensation insurance, and overheads such as office rent and the provision of computers for staff directly working on the project
  • contract expenditure is the cost of any agreed project activities that you contract to others
  • equipment purchased directly for the completion of the project
  • costs associated with loans of genetic material from Museums
  • staff training that directly supports the achievement of project outcomes
  • costs you incur in order to obtain planning, environmental or other regulatory approvals during the project period. However, associated fees paid to the Commonwealth, state, territory and local governments are not eligible
  • contingency costs up to a maximum of 10% of the eligible project costs. Note that we make payments based on actual costs incurred
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship grantees may use grant funding for their own postdoctoral salary if the institution is not already paying their salary. Rates will vary from institution to institution and the appropriate rate is that which is designated by the administering institution
  • the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure (where we request one) up to a maximum of 1% of total eligible project expenditure.

How to apply

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Apply for the Australian Biological Resources Study - National Taxonomy Research Grant

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines.
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Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

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Written requests to lodge a late application will only be accepted within three calendar days after the grant opportunity has closed. Written requests should be emailed to

The Program Delegate will determine whether a late application will be accepted. The decision of the delegate will be final and not be subject to a review or appeals process.


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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample grant agreement

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Sample application form – PhD Scholarship Support Grants

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Sample application form – Honours and Masters Scholarships grants

pdf · 0.26 MB docx · 0.24 MB

Sample application form – Early Career Research Grants

pdf · 0.27 MB docx · 0.24 MB

Sample application form Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants

pdf · 0.27 MB docx · 0.24 MB

Sample application form – Research Grants

pdf · 0.26 MB docx · 0.24 MB

Sample application form – Non-Salaried Researcher Grants

pdf · 0.25 MB docx · 0.24 MB

Budget template

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