Reef Guardian Research Grants

Up to $70,000 is available from Reef Guardian Research Grants to support research directly relevant to the planning and management of the Great Barrier Reef.


Reef Guardian Research Grants

Reef Guardian Research Grants support new management-relevant research that addresses key risks and threats faced by the Great Barrier Reef. The grants provide an important avenue for postgraduate students to contribute directly to improved future management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Research Grants program provides funding to students working towards a doctorate or master’s degree in the physical, biological and social science disciplines.



The Reef Guardian Research Grants 2018 program aims to support research which:

  • is relevant to the planning and management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area;
  • makes a contribution to the Reef’s ecologically sustainable development; and
  • is particularly relevant to addressing the knowledge gaps identified in the Agency’s Science Strategy and Information Needs 2014-2019(supported by the online Register of Research Questions).



From $1,000 to $25,000 per grant (excluding GST).

Up to $70,000 per financial year for Research Grants. The total funding offered per round is at the discretion of the Authority, and will be noted annually on the Authority’s website.



To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a postgraduate student studying towards a doctorate or master’s degree at an Australian university (or, in the case of overseas students, be a postgraduate student studying towards a doctorate or master’s degree and be sponsored by an Australian research institute or university), or be a scientist with post-doctoral qualifications employed at an Australian university or scientific institution;
  • Reside in Australia for the full term of the grant; and
  • Undertake the project in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and/or its catchment
  • Past grant recipients with incomplete or unsatisfactory reporting of previous grant outcomes may be ruled ineligible to apply.



Applications close 13 February 2019.


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