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 $440,252.13 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.


Each year organisations or individuals are invited to submit applications for funding for projects that meet the foundation's objectives.

Each year the foundation releases a set of guidelines for funding to support PhD, masters and honours projects. The theme for funding differs every year and is decided on by the Public Fund Management Committee. 

2017 funding has now been released and new opportunities will be available to students in 2018

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)( or phone (07) 4038 5511.