Expressions of interest have just opened for the latest round of the $2 million Citizen Science Fund.
The State Government initiative allocates funds to local projects and individuals conducting work with an aim to improve South Australia’s knowledge of biodiversity.
Eligible citizen science projects could receive a minimum of $25,000 towards their project. Up to $1.45 million in funding is available over the next 3 years as part of the program.
Ten citizen science projects have also been awarded a total of $130,000 in grants as part of the first allocation from the Citizen Science Fund.
Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch received support, as did Brownhill Creek Association for researching yabbies as indicators of groundwater health.
Friends of Belair National Park received money for their work engaging school children in local research, BirdLife Australia received funds for seabird and shorebird work at Encounter Bay and Flinders University has received funding for Little Penguin population research on Granite Island.
Importantly for Murray River communities at risk of Japanese Encephalitis and other mosquito-borne diseases, a UniSA project researching mosquito populations has also received funding to continue to collaborate with SA schools.
Minister for Climate, Environment and Water, Susan Close encourages South Australians to apply for the latest round of funding.
“Citizen science can make a huge contribution to expanding our knowledge of nature and has the capacity to generate vast amounts of data that supports scientific research,” Minister Close said.
For further information about the Citizen Science Fund, visit environment.sa.gov.au/topics/science/citizen-science/grants-and-awards.