Wet Tropics Cooperative Research Partnership Funding

A collaborative research project launched on the 14th of September 2018 is making up to $40,000 available for traditional Aboriginal land and water management research to inform future practices in the Wet Tropics. 

The project is being administered by the Wet Tropics Cooperative Research Partnership which was previously seeking expressions of interest from the research community that demonstrate best practice in Traditional Owner collaboration and engagement methodology

It is anticipated the research project will be conducted over an 18 month period.

The Research Parternship Funding is now closed to new submissions with the expressions of interests received now being reviewed by the selection committee. 

Please email email/ao)(skyrail.com.au with any enquiries. 

About Wet Tropics Cooperative Research Partnership

The Wet Tropics Cooperative Research Partnership is a collaborative venture entered into between The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Ltd (administrator), Wet Tropics Management Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (Department of Environment & Science) and Terrain Natural Resource Management Ltd. The purpose of the partnership is the funding and facilitation of investigation by the research community into Traditional Aboriginal land and water management to inform future practices in the Wet Tropics bio region.

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Funding

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation offers funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices.

Each year research students will be able to access up to $5,000 for PhD and masters projects and up to $2,000 for honours projects, Graduate Diploma in Research Methods projects and other Masters Coursework where there is a strong research component.

The funding favours projects with a specific focus on the impacts on flora and fauna, ecosystem recovery, revegetation, and ongoing management programs for Australia's Tropical Rainforests and protection of rare, threatened and vulnerable species and regional ecosystems. Projects that also address impacts, recovery and threat abatement, for example; weed and pest incursion of rainforest ecosystems following Severe Tropical Cyclones, will be particularly welcome.

Since inception, the foundation has provided more than $467,032.13 to research projects.

Each year applications will be reviewed and assessed by the SRF's Public Fund Management Committee who are experts in education, conservation, environmental management and business.

Funding for 2019 is now closed with all submissions for funding currently being assesed by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation's Public Fund Management Committee. 

Current Funding Projects

Students that have received funding from the foundation are required to submit regular progress reports throughout their research. This allows the committee the opportunity to keep up to date with the progression of all student projects.

For students currently completing research projects and that have received funding from the foundation, you are able to download the progress report form as well as the final report form for submission below. All progress and final reports can be sent directly to the foundation.

Student Progress Report   Student Final Report  


For further information regarding submissions for funding, please contact the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation via email email/info)(skyrailfoundation.org or phone (07) 4038 5511.