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					                                             AUSTRALIAN BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES STUDY

             Co-funded research grants and
    Postdoctoral fellowship grants 2011/2012
                                            Guidelines and application form

       The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) National Taxonomy Research Grant
       Program provides grants for taxonomic research. Grants are awarded for research projects
       where the primary aim is to undertake taxonomic research on the Australian biota or to
       develop products that aid in the dissemination of taxonomic information. The program also
       supports projects that build Australian taxonomic capacity. This document contains the
       guidelines and application form for researchers who wish to apply for a research grant or a
       postdoctoral fellowship grant under the program.


       Important dates
       Applications open                                                             2 August 2010

       Applications close                                                          29 October 2010

       Advisory Committee finalises recommendations to the Minister                       April 2011

       Applicants notified of results                                               May/June 2011

       Grant payments commence                                                          1 July 2011


             Closing date for 2011/2012 applications is
                         29 October 2010.
               Late applications will not be considered.
 No part of the Guidelines and Application form should be
deleted when submitting your application. This includes any
   fields and/or examples. Only complete and unaltered
      Guideline and Application forms will be accepted.

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Contents
Eligibility Criteria ................................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.3
Email Conditions .................................................................................................................. 3
Plain English Summary of Proposed 2011/2012 research projectError! Bookmark not defined.4
Grant type and co-funding partner/s .................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.5
       Question 1: Grant type and amount requested ..................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.6
       Question 2: Co-funding partner/s and contribution ............................... Error! Bookmark not defined.6
Institution details ................................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.7
       Question 3: Institution to administer grant ............................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.8
       Question 4: Nominated administration contact ..................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.8
Principal/Joint Investigator Details ..................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.9
       Question 5: Principal and Joint Investigators ...................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.10
       Question 6: Previous and current ABRS grants .................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.11
       Question 7: All other grants ................................................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.12
Project participants and project duration .......................... Error! Bookmark not defined.13
       Question 8: Project Participants .......................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.14
       Question 9: Commencement and completion dates ........................... Error! Bookmark not defined.14
Priority areas for research grants 2011/2012 ................... Error! Bookmark not defined.15
       Question 10: ABRS Research Priorities .............................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.16
Project Details .................................................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.17
       Question 11: Project details ................................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.18
Project budget.................................................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.25
       Question 12: Project budget (GST exclusive) ..................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.28
       Question 13: Assessment of Application ............................................. Error! Bookmark not defined.30
Important information ....................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.31
Certification for Principal Investigator and all Joint Investigator(s)Error! Bookmark not defined.34
Certification for Institution ................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.34
Checklist .......................................................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.34
Attachment A: Example of co-funding support letters ...... Error! Bookmark not defined.36
ATTACHMENT B: PRIORITY AREAS FOR RESEARCH GRANTS 2011/2012 .... ERROR! BOOKMARK NOT
DEFINED.37




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Read this before you start your application
Eligibility criteria
   1. Applicants must have obtained a commitment for the applicable amount of co-funding for their
      application to be considered (see Grant type and co-funding partner/s below for more information).
   2. Applicants must have submitted all progress/final reports associated with previous ABRS grants for
      their application to be considered.
   3. Applications are accepted from Australian and International researchers.
   4. Up to two grant applications may be submitted by a researcher named as Principal Investigator in
      any grant year.
   5. ABRS will award a maximum of one grant to a researcher in their capacity as a Principal Investigator
      in any grant year.
   6. Postgraduate students are not able to apply as Principal Investigator. ABRS funds scholarships
      for Honours/Masters and Ph.D. students. Please see Honours, Masters, APA Top-Ups and Non-
      Salaried Researcher Grants 2011/2012 on our website for further information.
   7. Postdoctoral fellows can apply for a research grant as Principal Investigator or for a postdoctoral
      fellowship grant as Principal Investigator. Applications may include their own postdoctoral salary.
      Also, postdoctoral fellows may be included as part of a team applying for a research grant.
   8. Postdoctoral fellowship grant applicants must have no more than ten years full-time postdoctoral
      work experience, when the postdoctoral fellowship grant application is submitted.
   9. Researchers are expected to be affiliated with an appropriate institution in order to gain access to
      facilities and material from collections.

Applications must be typed and submitted using Arial 12 pt font. Applications can be submitted by
either email or posted hardcopy. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check that the application
has been received by ABRS prior to the due date.


Email conditions
   1. Applications must be submitted as a single Word or rtf (rich text format) document
   2. Applications must be typed using Arial 12 pt font, CVs must accompany application forms in the font
      specified above and be attached as Word or rtf (rich text format) documents no longer than four
      pages per CV.
   3. The signature page of the application form (only) must be sent to ABRS as a PDF document and
      attached with the emailed application.
   4. Email applications will receive an auto reply from ABRS on receipt of the application. If this
      acknowledgment is not received it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact ABRS to
      ensure that the application has been received. If the application is sent via posted hardcopy,
      please contact the Grants Policy Officer for confirmation of receipt.
   5. ABRS accepts no responsibility for emailed applications that arrive with altered formatting. ABRS
      staff will check the formatting of emailed applications upon receipt and may contact applicants
      requesting a resubmission if there are any problems. A resubmission must be made within 48 hours
      of such a request and may require a hard copy delivery or faxed submission. No part of the
      Guidelines and Application Pack should be deleted prior to submission.




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Plain English Summary of
proposed 2011/2012 Research Project
Name of Principal and Joint Investigator/s

Name of Administering Institution


Target group of organisms
Please place an x in the appropriate box to select which category of organism the proposal
targets.
Protists   Algae    Fungi /   Bryophytes     Vascular     Terrestrial fauna   Marine fauna
                    Lichens                  plants       (vertebrates &      (vertebrates &
                                                          invertebrates)      invertebrates)




Project title
Please use a short descriptive title of no more than 20 words.




Summary of project
In no more than 100 words, please describe the proposed project in plain English terms,
including an estimate of the number of taxa to be described and why the project is
scientifically and economically significant. This text may be used in ABRS publicity. ABRS
may also contact successful applicants for potential involvement in activities promoting
taxonomy.




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Grant type and co-funding partner/s
Grant requested
Researchers applying for National Taxonomy Research Grant Program funding are expected to seek and
identify an additional commitment of co-funding to support their project. ABRS places no restrictions on the
source of this contribution, but applicants will need to be aware of the rules of other granting agencies, which
may limit how funds contributed by them may be used.
Salary may be included as co-funding. However, in an instance where two projects are of equal
scientific merit but one has salary co-funding and the other cash co-funding, the project with cash
co-funding will be ranked higher.

In-kind contributions will be recognised but will not replace the requirement for co-funding input. In-kind
contributions are contributions that, as part of a commitment to a research project, would normally involve a
monetary fee-for-service contribution, but, instead, are provided in the form of services, facilities or
consumables.

Grants are applied for under a scheme of set levels of funding, with successful grant applicants guaranteed
receipt of the full amount of funding requested. Table 1 outlines grants available for research in 2011/2012.

Table 1: Research Grants 2011/2012
Type of grant & amount                                ABRS contribution        Minimum grant application
(per annum)                                               (per annum) co-funding contribution (per annum)

Research grant — $10,000                                          10,000                                  5,000

Research grant — $45,000                                          45,000                                22,500

Research grant — $70,000                                          70,000                                35,000

Research grant — $90,000                                          90,000                                45,000

Postdoctoral fellowship grant — $75,000                           75,000                                37,500




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Question 1: Grant type and amount requested
Please select the grant you are applying for by placing an x in the Grant Requested box
below.
                                                                ABRS           Minimum
                                                          contribution          required         Grant
 Type of grant & amount (per annum)                      (per annum)      co-contribution    Requested

 Research grant — $10,000                                    10,000                5,000

 Research grant — $45,000                                    45,000              22,500

 Research grant — $70,000                                    70,000              35,000

 Research grant — $90,000                                    90,000              45,000

 Postdoctoral fellowship grant — $75,000                     75,000              37,500



Question 2: Co-funding partner/s and contribution
Please list all co-funding partners and the amount of funding they will contribute to the
project. Do not list ABRS or list in-kind contributions as co-funding partners here.

                                                                     Co-funding contribution
                                                                     ($ ex GST for life of grant, eg 3
Co-funding partner                                                   year period)




Please note:
Applicants must attach a letter from each co-funding partner verifying the funding
contribution. This letter must be sent to ABRS either as a PDF document or as a hard
copy, with your completed application form. Please see Attachment A for a suggested
format for co-funding support letters.




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Institution details
Institution to administer the grant
Give the name and address of the institution through which the grant for this project will be administered
(normally the institution at which the Principal Investigator is employed).

Principal Investigators are expected to have administrative attachment to an institution. The normal criterion
for being ‘attached’ is that the Principal Investigator is on an institution’s payroll or is affiliated with an
institution and intends to nominate that institution to administer the grant funds for the project.


Administrative contact for grant
Please give details of a nominated administrative contact for the grant.




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Question 3: Institution to administer grant
Legal name of institution

Short or Trading Name

Street number/PO Box

Street name

Suburb/Town

State/Territory

Country

Postcode

ABN

Is the institution GST-registered?   YES / NO



Question 4: Nominated administration contact
Title

First and Last Name

Position

Phone                                ………/ ……………………

Fax                                  ………/ ……………………

Email                                ………………………………………………………




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Principal/Joint Investigator details
Please provide details of the nominated Principal/Joint Investigator(s).

The Principal Investigator is the person who has scientific and administrative responsibility for the project
and will be the contact person for all correspondence with ABRS.

A Joint Investigator is anyone else who is making a major contribution to the project, including a
Postdoctoral Fellow who is to be employed partially or fully by the grant.

Other persons to be associated with the project are to be listed in the Project Participants in Question 8.

Please note that Honours and Postgraduate students must not apply as Principal Investigator. ABRS
funds scholarships for Honours/Masters and Ph.D. student projects. Please see Honours/Masters
Scholarships, APA Top-Ups and Non-Salaried Researcher Grants on our website for further information.

Table 3: Example format for answering Question 5
Principal/Joint Investigator                  Example format

Title/Given name/Surname                      Dr John Smith Citizen

Institution                                   University of Australia

Department/School                             Department of Science

Address/Suburb/State/Postcode                 University Road, University Town, NSW 2020

Phone                                         …02…/ …1234 5678…………………

Fax                                           …02…/ …1234 2222…………………

Email                                          john.citizen@ua.edu.au…………………………………………

Highest qualification/Date/Institution        Ph.D. 1970 Charles Darwin University

Source of salary (%)                          University of Australia (80%), ABRS (20%)


Source of salary
Each Investigator must outline the planned source of salary for each year and percentage for each source,
for example, the University of Australia (80%) and ABRS (20%). This question is not applicable if the
Investigator is retired.


Curriculum Vitae
Each Principal and Joint Investigator applying for a grant must supply a curriculum vitae that is a maximum
of four pages in length, using Arial 12 point type, and include references to authored/co-authored
publications and products for the past five years.




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Question 5: Principal and Joint Investigators
Principal Investigator

Title/Given name/Surname

Institution

Department/School

Address/Suburb/State/Postcode

Phone                                     ………/ ……………………

Fax                                       ………/ ……………………

Email                                     ………………………………………………………

Highest qualification/Date/Institution

Source of salary (%)


Joint Investigator

Title/Given name/Surname

Institution

Department/School

Address/Suburb/State/Postcode

Phone                                     ………/ ……………………

Fax                                       ………/ ……………………

Email                                     ………………………………………………………

Highest qualification/Date/Institution

Source of salary (%)


Please copy and repeat this table for additional Joint Investigators.




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Question 6: Previous and current ABRS grants
Have either the Principal or Joint Investigator/s received funding from ABRS in the past
five years?
Please place an x in the applicable box.

                   YES: please complete Question 6

                   NO: Go to Question 7

                                                             ABRS     Year      Number Total
                                                             grant    commenced of years funding
                                                             number             funded
Title of project

Named Investigators



Please add additional rows as necessary.

Have you submitted all reports due (prior to closing date of applications) for any previous
grants listed above? Please place an x in the applicable box below. If you answer no you
must submit all outstanding reports with this application or the application will be
disqualified.

                   YES: all reports for the above grants have been
                   submitted

                   NO: the necessary reports are included with this
                   application

Using a maximum of 200 words, summarise the outputs and outcomes of previous ABRS
grants. This may include conferences held, training and mentoring of students.




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Please list any publications that have resulted from ABRS funded grants from the last 5
years




Please note: any publications listed here do not need to be re-listed in your CV.




Question 7: All other grants
Please list all other grants the Principal or Joint Investigator/s have held in the past five
years.
                                                                     Number           % time
                                              Granting     Year               Total
                                                                     of years         allocated to
                                              Agency       commenced          funding
                                                                     funded           project

Title of project

Named Investigators



Please add additional rows as necessary.




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Project participants and project duration
Project participants
Provide details on the name, category and planned level of involvement of ALL participants to be involved in
the project (e.g. Principal and Joint Investigators, overseas collaborators, technical, research or other staff,
postgraduate research or Honours students). Also include the total commitment to all projects for Principal
and Joint Investigators. Do not include corporate administrative staff (see example below - Table 4).

If the project participant is an Early Career Researcher (ECR) please indicate with an ‘E’ in the ECR column.
ABRS defines an early career researcher as a current Ph.D. student or a researcher with less than five years
full-time postdoctoral work experience, when the grant application is submitted.

Table 4: Example format for project participants
Name             Category                                         Planned level of involvement        ECR
                                                                  (number of days/month)

A.A. Smith       Principal Investigator                           8d/month (16d/month all projects)

B.B. Jones       Joint Investigator                               4d/month (12d/month all projects)   E

unknown          Technical officer — to be appointed              6d/month                            N/A

C.C. Brown       Overseas collaborator (USA)                      2d/month

unknown          Ph.D. student — to be appointed                  10d/month                           E

unknown          Postdoctoral Fellow — to be appointed            10d/month                           E


Commencement and completion dates
Please give an estimate of the project commencement and completion dates. Please note: ABRS will expect
an initial draft of any papers or products to be filed with ABRS at the completion date.




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Question 8: Project Participants
                                       Planned level of involvement
Name        Category                                                  ECR
                                       (number of days/month)




Question 9: Commencement and completion
dates
Has the project commenced?     YES / NO

Commencement date              ……/………/20…..

Completion date                ……/………/20…..




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Priority areas for research grants 2011/2012
Projects funded under the National Taxonomy Research Grant Program must be public good in focus and
support the Australian Government’s National Research Priorities. The specific criteria used by ABRS to
determine whether a project will be eligible for an ABRS grant can be found in Attachment B – Priority Areas
for Research Grants 2011/2012. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the priority areas before
completing the next section of the application form.

When answering Question 11, state clearly which ABRS Research Priorities are supported by the proposed
project and how the project supports them. For example: ‘Australia has a high diversity of psyllids that live on
Acacia spp. These are poorly known at present. This project will support priority 1.1 Documenting Australia’s
Biodiversity through the documentation of this understudied taxonomic group. Moreover, this project will
support priorities 3.1 and 3.2, Training of Early Career Researchers and Knowledge Management, through
the engagement of a Ph.D. student and the inclusion of Dr AA Citizen, who has agreed to mentor the Ph.D.
student prior to his retirement.’




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Question 10: ABRS Research Priorities
Please nominate which ABRS Research Priorities are supported by the proposed project
by placing an x in the appropriate box/es:
Priority                                        This Application supports priority x

Biodiversity, Conservation and Vulnerable and Endangered Species

1.1 Documenting Australia’s Biodiversity

1.2 Conservation

1.3 Vulnerable and Endangered Species

1.4 Identifying Australia’s Biodiversity

Public, Plant and Animal Health

2.1 Public, Plant and Animal Health

Building Taxonomic Capacity

3.1 Training of Early Career Researcher/s

3.2 Knowledge Management

3.3 Exchange of International Expertise

Using a maximum of 200 words, please explain how the ABRS Research Priorities
nominated above are supported by the proposed project.




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Project details
Project aim
Please clearly state the primary aims of the project.


Background information
Give a brief assessment of the size and status of the group. The applicant must give clear evidence that
he/she is familiar with the literature and knows what material exists in collections. The applicant must also
provide details on the scope of the project.


Project justification
Please indicate what the proposed work will accomplish (include the number of taxa to be treated if
applicable) and why the project is necessary. For example, in the case of a taxonomic revision, it would be
appropriate to state why it is considered that a revision is desirable (for example, new material, new
techniques, areas not previously collected).


Significance/benefits
Outline the general benefits of the grant. Please specifically cover expected outputs (for example,
publications in international journals, keys or checklists) and outcomes (for example, to advance scientific
knowledge and understanding of a potential bio-indicator for pollution). You should also indicate whether you
will provide data for online resources such as the Australian Faunal Directory, OZCAM and Australia’s Virtual
Herbarium or provide material for ABRS publications or CD identification series.


Method
Please detail the research procedures you intend to use. In the case of fieldwork, give justification of its
need, locations to be visited and the estimated time to be spent at each. Please note what is already
available in collections. Estimate the number of taxa to be described, using the table provided. Also detail the
techniques used to determine specimens. If using molecular techniques, please include the number of
samples.


Personnel and facilities
Briefly describe the role of each project participant and provide a description of the facilities at which the
research will be based.




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Question 11: Project details
Applications that are over length, fail to use the headings
listed below or do not adequately address the criteria will
NOT be considered.
Please describe the proposed project using a maximum of six pages.

Project aim




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Background information




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Project justification




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Significance/benefits




Outputs




Outcomes




Contributions to ABRS




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Method
Please indicate in the appropriate column the number of taxa to be revised or described.

Protists    Algae      Fungi /      Bryophytes      Vascular          Terrestrial fauna    Marine fauna
                       Lichens                      plants            (vertebrates &       (vertebrates &
                                                                      invertebrates)       invertebrates)

                                                    e.g. 12 revised
                                                    3 described




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Personnel and facilities




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Project budget
Please list all items required for the project for the duration of the grant. In 2011/2012, all grants awarded
will be of three years duration. E.g. for a $90,000 p.a. research grant, the TOTAL COSTS should equal
approximately $270,000. Total costs may be slightly under (up to 0.5%) the grant amount. Please list in-
kind contributions but do not include in the total costs. Expenditure must be quoted in Australian dollars
and must not include fringe benefit costs. The following amounts are GST exclusive.

Table 5: Example budget breakdown for a $90,000 p.a. general research grant
                                                             Cash co-      Salary co-   Host Institution (in-kind
                                                  ABRS
                                                              funding        funding     and not in total costs)

Personnel (salaries + on-costs)

L.Johns, Principal Investigator
                #                                                           $53,100
@ 10% *FTE + 18% on-costs

To be appointed, Postdoctoral
Fellow Level A Step 6 @ 80% FTE               $138,800       $82,000
+ 18% on-costs

P.White, Research Assistant
                                              $123,900
@ 50% FTE + 18% on-costs

                   Total Personnel            $262,700           $82,000    $53,100

Travel

Airfare: Sydney-Melbourne return                   $300

Melbourne expenses 5 days
Accommodation
                                                 $1,147
@ $144/day and meals @
$85.40/day

Car Hire Melbourne 5 days @
                                                   $300
$60/day

                       Total Travel              $1,747

Equipment and other expenses                                                                             $5,000

Computer lease for Research
                                                 $3,000
Assistant

Professional Binocular Microscope                $1,495

Sequencing Cost @ $20/sample                       $840

         Total Equipment and other               $5,335

                    TOTAL COSTS               $269,782           $82,000    $53,100



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Personnel
Each Investigator must provide an indication of the percentage of time to be devoted to the proposed project.
This is expressed as a percentage of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) as shown in example Table 5. Salary rates
may include on-costs at the institutional level up to a maximum of 28%, however the percentage of on-costs
used must be stated in the Personnel Costs section of the budget Table (see example Table 5).
Alternatively, on-costs may be added as an institutional contribution.

Requests for personnel assistance must show the official designation of the position (Technician, Laboratory
Assistant, Postdoctoral Fellow, etc) and the level requested. Technical Assistant rates are to comply with
institutional rates for the grade and level applied for. Where a research student is involved and the
supervisor is the applicant, funds for personnel assistance must be sought at the current Australian
Postgraduate Award rate. Any part-time or short-term assistance must be sought under this heading.

ABRS funding is not normally provided for salaries of curatorial staff of collection institutions that are carrying
out their normal collection-related duties. Postdoctoral fellows may include their own salary if the institution is
not already paying their salary. Postgraduate students may receive stipends from ABRS as well as other
support, such as fieldwork expenses and miscellaneous consumables.


Travel
All travel must be clearly associated with the project and requests for travel funds must include a full
itinerary and supporting details for the proposed travel. The rates to be used in applications for
accommodation, meal cost and vehicle mileages should be reasonable allowance amounts in accordance
with Australian Taxation Office guidelines. For more information on rates, please go to
www.ato.gov.au/individuals/content.asp?doc=/content/36017.htm&page=1#P83_2011


Equipment and other expenses
List all equipment required for the project, including consumables, software, preparation and storage of data
etc. Requests for equipment that cost $1,000 or more per item must indicate the cost of the equipment,
installation and the name of the manufacturer. Please note you may request justifiable, project-related items
such as microscopes or computers. Costs must exclude GST and the applicant must be able to supply
quotes if requested. Please note that ABRS does not provide funding for items normally constituting
institutional infrastructure, rental of office and laboratory space and internet/email access.


In-kind contributions
You may record any in-kind support given by the host institution, such as:
    value placed on curatorial support for collections
    institutional infrastructure such as computer and internet/email access, and
    access to libraries, etc.


Important
Your project will be assessed on the budget provided. Any supporting statements, such as why a research
assistant at a particular level is needed, or why a certain field trip is necessary, must be included in the
Timeline and Budget Justification section in Question 14.




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         Question 12: Project budget (GST exclusive)
                                          ABRS          Cash co-funding   Salary co-funding   Host Institution (in-kind
                                                                                              and not in total costs)

Personnel (salaries + on-costs)




                  Total Personnel

Travel




                       Total Travel

Equipment and other expenses




     Total Equipment and other

                   TOTAL COSTS


         Please ensure the total costs specified in this budget table cover the duration of the
         grant.

         Ensure you indicate clearly the nature of contributions from each institution involved and from
         any other sources. Evidence of cash and other co-funding contributions MUST be included
         with the application (see the Eligibility Criteria at the beginning of this form).




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Timeline and Budget Justification
[Please outline an intended plan of work, including commencement and completion dates
for each aspect of the project. Briefly explain why the personnel, travel, items of
equipment, databasing and miscellaneous items, requested in the table above, are
necessary for the project.]




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Question 13: Assessment of Application
Please give the details of three potential assessors for external assessment of this
application.

Title/Given name/Surname

Address/Suburb/State/Postcode

Phone                                       ………/ ………………

Fax                                         ………/ ………………

Email                                       ………………………………………………………

Relevance to project proposal

Relationship to applicant (if applicable)

Title/Given name/Surname

Address/Suburb/State/Postcode

Phone                                       ………/ ………………

Fax                                         ………/ ………………

Email                                       ………………………………………………………

Relevance to project proposal

Relationship to applicant
(if applicable)

Title/Given name/Surname

Address/Suburb/State/Postcode

Phone                                       ………/ ………………

Fax                                         ………/ ………………

Email                                       ………………………………………………………

Relevance to project proposal

Relationship to applicant (if applicable)


Please list the name/s of any persons to whom you would prefer the application were not
sent for external assessment. Please include a justification for this preference.


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Important information
You must read this page

Freedom of Information
All relevant documents are subject to freedom of information (FOI) and are available by making a valid
application to the
      FOI Officer
      Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
      GPO Box 787
      Canberra ACT 2601
in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982.


Protection of information
The ABRS Advisory Committee evaluates applications for grants with the assistance of peers in the scientific
community both within Australia and overseas. Applicants may wish to indicate any person(s) they do not
wish to be approached as assessors, and these must be listed in the space provided on the application form.
Names of assessors are not released to applicants. Assessors of applications are requested to destroy their
copy of the application after completing their assessment. This destruction must be by shredding or pulping,
or, in the case of electronic records, rendering the copy unreadable. The ABRS Advisory Committee and
ABRS officers are bound to observe confidentiality.


Appeals mechanism
ABRS has an appeals mechanism for those applicants who believe their proposal has been unfairly treated
in terms of the administrative procedures only. Appeals in relation to the content of the proposal, assessor
reports or academic judgments made by the Advisory Committee will not be heard. The Advisory Committee
will not participate in discussion relating to academic judgments made on grant applications. Applicants
wishing to appeal against a decision, based on administrative procedures, may do so by notifying the
Director of ABRS in writing. Appeals must be lodged within 28 days from the date on the letter of notification
of the outcome of a grant application. An appeals panel of three people will be convened to consider
appeals. If the appeals panel finds evidence the original decision was the result of undue administrative
process, it will direct that the application be reappraised.


Permits
All collecting activities carried out as part of research funded or otherwise supported by ABRS must be
undertaken in full compliance with the laws and regulations of the States and Territories of the
Commonwealth of Australia. There are substantial fines for illegal collecting in most States and Territories,
and these are enforced. A range of authorities in each of the States and Territories is responsible for the
issue of permits for biological collection. Relevant information may be obtained from the leading wildlife
management agency, museum or herbarium in each State or Territory, which should be consulted, in any
case, as part of the planning process.




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Genetic resources
A permit is required to collect biological samples for genetic/biochemical research in Commonwealth areas
(including Commonwealth marine waters and Commonwealth biological collections). There are similar
requirements in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and other States are considering the introduction of
such measures. Contact details for each of the State and Territory management authorities can be seen at:
http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/access/index.html.


Lodging of specimens and digital records
All specimens collected and digital records created in relation to ABRS grant-funded projects must be offered
for lodgment with a recognised permanent collection such as a State/Territory wildlife management agency,
State/Territory museum or State/Territory herbarium.


Animal ethics
Where the Activity involves the use and care of living non-human vertebrate animals or tissue for scientific
purposes, the Principal Investigator must obtain review of and approval for such scientific purposes from a
recognised animal ethics committee operating under the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of
Animals for Scientific Purposes. The Principal Investigator agrees to provide the Department with a
certificate of compliance with the appropriate guidelines prior to the commencement of any such scientific
activities.


Submission of Progress and Final Reports
In submitting this application you agree, if successful, to provide ABRS with all progress reports and a final
report by the due dates. The templates for these reports can be found at
www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/funding-and-research/grants/index.html


Provision of external assessment for other grant applicants
In submitting this application you agree, if successful, to provide up to three external assessments of future
ABRS grant applications if requested by ABRS.




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You must read and sign this page
Certification for Principal Investigator and all Joint
Investigators
I certify to the best of my knowledge that:
    1. I have read, understood and agree to all conditions contained in the Important Information section of
       this document
    2. all the details on this application are correct and complete, and
    3. all persons listed in the application form as Joint Investigators have agreed to take part in the
       proposed research.

Principal Investigator signature                   Principal Investigator name            Date

                                                                                          ……/….../20.....

Joint Investigator signature                       Joint Investigator name                Date


                                                                                          ……/….../20.....

Joint Investigator signature                       Joint Investigator name                Date


                                                                                          ……/….../20.....

Please add in additional rows for additional Joint Investigators


Certification for Institution
    1. I certify that adequate research support and facilities will be made available for the Investigator/s or
       Fellow to complete the project.
    2. I certify that the institutional equipment and resources will be available for the duration of the project.
    3. I certify that the information in Questions 11 and 12 (for the non-ABRS contributions) is correct.

Head of Administering Institution (or nominee) signature           Name and designation




Institution                                                        Date

                                                                   ……/….../20.....

ABRS must receive a signed hard copy OR a signed PDF of this page, submitted with your
application. See Checklist for more information.




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Checklist
Please read this list and ensure you have completed all items prior to submitting your application. Have you:

       Filled in all questions using Arial font 12 point type?

       Ensured the Project Details are complete using the supplied subheadings?

       Ensured the Project Details section does not total more than six pages in length?

       Checked that the application is signed and correctly dated by the Principal and all Joint
        Investigators?

       Checked that the application is signed and correctly dated by the Administering Institution?

       Included letters of support from co-funding partners, that include the amount of funding to be
        credited to the project?

       Included a four-page maximum length curriculum vitae for all Principal and Joint
        Investigators?

       Included any outstanding progress or final reports relating to previous ABRS grants?

Once you have answered yes to all these questions, you may choose to either:
   a) Submit all documentation (your application, CV/s, supporting co-contributors documentation and a
      signed PDF version of the signature page) by email by the closing date, OR
   b) Submit your application and CV/s by email by the closing date, with a posted hard copy of supporting
      co-contributors documentation and the signature page to follow (and be received by ABRS within five
      working days of the application closing date), OR
   c) Submit all documentation as a posted hard copy by the closing date.


Address to send documentation:
By Email
abrs.grants@environment.gov.au

Business Address
Grants Policy Officer
Australian Biological Resources Study
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601




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Attachment A: Example co-funding support letter
Principal Investigator [Enter Text Here]

Phone                  [Enter Text Here]



"[Name of co-funding contact]"
[Institution]
[Address]
[Suburb]
"[City State Postcode]"


LETTER OF SUPPORT
"[PROJECT TITLE]"



"[Please specify the amount of the funding contribution ]"

"[Optional - please outline any in-kind support being provided]"

"[Optional - enter any terms and conditions imposed]"




Yours sincerely




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Attachment B:
Priority Areas for Research Grants 2011/2012
Projects funded under the National Taxonomy Research Grant Program must be public good in focus and
support the Australian Government’s National Research Priorities. Within the National Research Priorities,
the following specific criteria are used by ABRS to determine whether a project will be eligible for an ABRS
grant.
      1.    Biodiversity, Conservation and Vulnerable and Endangered Species
      2.    Public, Plant and Animal Health
      3.    Building Taxonomic Capacity


1     Biodiversity, Conservation and Vulnerable and
      Endangered Species
      Through their work, taxonomists provide information that is fundamental to the understanding and
      management of our biological world. To be considered for ABRS funding under this criteria, the
      researcher is required to demonstrate that the intended project will encompass one or more of the
      following areas:

      1.1 Documenting Australia’s Biodiversity:
            Studies that contribute to documentation of Australia’s biodiversity, through identification,
            revision and documentation of understudied taxonomic groups
            - This may include, for example, studies of taxonomic groups in largely unexplored habitats or
            molecular projects that make genetic information publicly available.

      1.2 Conservation:
            Taxonomic research that provides critical data underpinning national responses to human-
            induced change, for conservation planning or for the rehabilitation of degraded environments
            - This may include, for example, taxonomic or systematic research on a group likely to be
            effective as an indicator of climate change, or focussed taxonomic research on a region subject
            to major development.

      1.3 Vulnerable and Endangered Species:
            Taxonomic research that contributes to a greater knowledge of Australia’s vulnerable and
            endangered biological heritage, especially that listed under the Environment Protection and
            Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
            - This may include, for example, a revision of a genus to clearly establish the taxonomic position
            and conservation status of undescribed species, including species currently listed under the
            EPBC Act.




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    Particular priorities include:

     Taxonomic position of Dwarf Sedge (Carex paupera) in relation to C. inverse
     Taxonomic position of Conospermum densiflorum subsp. unicephalatum in relation to C. densiflorum
      subsp. densiflorum
     Taxonomic position of Christmas Island Spleenwort (Asplenium listeri) in relation to A. polyodon
     Taxonomic revision of the genus Zieria
     Taxonomic revision of the genus Euphrasia
     Taxonomic revision of the genus Xanthorrhoea
     Taxonomic position of the Gove Crow Butterfly (Euploea alcathoe enastri) in relation to E. alcathoe
      misenus
     Taxonomic revision of the bats, Rhinolophus philippinensis, Hipposideros semoni, Taphozous
      troughtoni and Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus
     Taxonomic review of the Christmas Island Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus natalis) in relation to
      Accipiter fasciatus and A. novaehollandiae
     Taxonomic revision of the genus Eulamprus

    1.4 Identifying Australia’s Biodiversity:
           Tools and products that contribute to the identification of Australia’s biodiversity
           - This may include, for example, an identification key for a taxonomic group at a national scale.


2     Public, Plant and Animal Health
    This criterion focuses on a range of research activities relevant to protecting Australians and
    Australia’s natural resource industries and biodiversity from disease or pests. To be considered for
    ABRS funding under the criterion of Public, Plant and Animal health, the researcher is required to
    demonstrate that the proposed project contributes to the following:

    2.1 Public, Plant and Animal Health:
           Taxonomic research on native species that are, or have the potential to become, pests or
           agents of disease, or may be venomous or toxic and thereby threaten public, plant or animal
           health in Australia
           - This may include the Australian component of a large taxonomic group that has non-
           indigenous representatives constituting a significant biosecurity risk, where there is a need to be
           able to distinguish between native and exotic species.


3   Building Taxonomic Capacity
    This criterion focuses on support for training and/or recruitment of taxonomists, especially for research
    on critical taxonomic groups
    - To be considered for ABRS funding under this criterion, the researcher is required to demonstrate
    that the proposed project will encompass one or more of the following areas:

    3.1 Training of early career researcher/s:
           Taxonomic studies that include clearly specified opportunities for capture and passage of skills
           and information from professionals to junior colleagues
           - This may include a project where there is a component that includes a clearly documented
           opportunity for passing knowledge from a more senior taxonomist to an early career researcher.




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3.2 Knowledge Management:
    Taxonomic studies that include clearly specified opportunities for capture and passage of skills
    and information from retired professionals to younger colleagues
    - This may include a project where there is a component that includes a clearly documented
    opportunity for passing knowledge from a retired taxonomist.

3.2 Exchange of International Expertise:
    Projects that facilitate international exchange of research expertise and training in areas that will
    boost Australia's taxonomic capacity
    - The lasting benefits to Australian taxonomy must be clearly specified and must include
    capacity building
    - For example, support may be sought for salary and travel costs to bring an international expert
    to Australia or to enable an Australian researcher to train overseas.




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alia's taxonomic capacity
      - The lasting benefits to Australian taxonomy must be clearly specified and must include
      capacity building
      - For example, support may be sought for salary and travel costs to bring an international expert
      to Australia or to enable an Australian researcher to train overseas.




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