The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is pleased to announce the annual launch of funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices. The Foundation, which is celebrating 10 years of operation has funded a vast array of rainforest focussed genres and to date, has provided over $344,000 in grants to projects.
Eligible research students will be able to access up to $5,000 for PhD and Research Masters projects and up to $2,000 for Honours projects, Graduate Diplomas in Research Methods projects and other Masters Course work where there is a strong research component.
Dr Ken Chapman, Chairman of the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation, said the foundation was pleased to make this funding available. "The foundation can see great value in the research the students undertake and is pleased to assist them in their efforts which enhance our understanding of our surroundings and leads to a sustainable coexistence" he said.
"Skyrail Rainforest Foundation along with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway who supports the Foundation, are ambassadors of the protection of the environment, a goal reinforced by continuing to support research in this way" added Dr Chapman.
Projects should align with the foundation objectives of supporting:
- Pure research aimed at understanding rainforest flora and fauna, ecosystems, processes and biological interactions
- Applied research aimed at improved management and use of rainforest environments around the world
- Education and communication to improve global understanding and appreciation of tropical rainforest environments, contributing to greater awareness and improved management and protection.
The funding in this round may favour projects with a focus on:
- Ecosystem dynamics, contemporary and traditional approaches to forest management, conservation and management of rainforest boundaries and ecotones including climatic influences
- Opportunities for use of lessons from community (citizenship) science, knowledge and learning
- Imparting understanding of tropical rainforests through education, community outreach and tourism
The Foundation also encourages those with an interest in tropical rainforests, to join and/or donate, to the Foundation. Not only is there an array of member benefits including discounts of up to 50% at local tourist attractions, but the financial input will help protect this ancient environment for future generations. Memberships cost $30 for one year or $150 for five years. Details can be found at www.skyrailfoundation.org/membership.
Organisations or individuals are invited to submit applications to be considered for this funding opportunity. The closing date for submissions is Friday 15th May 2015.
To assist with the preparation of submissions, a Skyrail Rainforest Foundation (SRF) 'Guidelines: Applications for Funding Students' document is available upon application. To receive a copy, please contact the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation on email or phone (07) 4042 2200.
Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the SRF's Public Fund Management Committee who are experts in education, conservation, environmental management and business.