Each year the CBA funds a number of pilot projects via our Ignition Grant program.
These small grants aim to 'kick-start' novel collaborative research between researchers from at least two or more CBA partner institutions (ie. ANU, CSIRO, UC), with the intention that the results will subsequently form the basis of more substantial research proposals and collaborations. We are looking for genuinely new project ideas that will benefit from seed funding.
Ecogenomics and Bioinformatics Lab (EBL)
The EBL is a joint initiative of ANU and CSIRO to support training and collaboration, including Ignition Project work. The lab, in the Research School of Biology at ANU, includes experimental and computational facilities for both data generation and data analysis. Further information about the EBL can be found here.
An Ignition Project should have a biodiversity science focus, eg. evolutionary biology, population and ecosystem ecology, genomics, bioinformatics, and/or spatial modelling.
We welcome novel and creative proposals (testing new ideas, techniques, tools, etc.) from research scientists, post docs and PhD students.
All proposals must show a direct, and genuine, collaboration between researchers from at least two or more CBA partner institutions (ie. ANU, CSIRO, UC). New collaborations are especially welcome. If collaborations are pre-existing, funding will only be awarded for new research proposals, not continuing, currently funded projects.
Group leaders, postdocs and/or PhD students may be included on up to two project submissions per funding round.
Up to $10,000 may be requested for:
- sample preparation
- technical salaries
- honours projects (including stipends - see here for more information on honours funding)
This initiative, supported by the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), is to encourage the use and/or testing of new ALA capabilities and to develop interactions between researchers and ALA developers.
Up to $15,000 may be requested for projects that:
- combine spatial, genetics, and evolutionary processes;
- use species' trait data;
- explore/use new visualisation techniques;
- use AI and machine learning techniques;
- combine dynamic data for predictive analysis; and/or
- showcase impact or are application driven.
Proposed ALA-supported Ignition Projects will need to:
- use ALA infrastructure and systems; and
- work with, and communicate results and findings back to, the ALA development team to help support new and emerging research fields and questions.
Previously funded CBA projects that have collaborated with the Atlas include:
- ALA Two-way Indigenous Engagement Case Study
- Developing new methods for using distribution data to identify taxa that can tolerate extreme conditions
- Linking genomic data to spatial biodiversity data in the Atlas of Living Australia
How to apply
We invite you to submit to firstname.lastname@example.org a short proposal (~2 pages or less) that includes:
- Project title
- Collaborators' names, affiliations and email addresses
- Brief project outline
- Expected project timeline
- Itemised budget
- Potential policy and/or management applications
- Intellectual property and confidentiality
Applications will be assessed by the CBA Director and Liaison Committee (and an ALA representative for project proposals requesting ALA support) in terms of:
- Quality of the science, and
- Fit to criteria, ie. stimulating a new collaboration across institutions, or if within existing cross-institutional collaborations, stimulating a new project.
We request a brief annual progress report and a final report on your outcomes (including expenditure) on completion of your project. We also expect that you will present at one of our Ignition Grant Symposiums.
As part of your final report, we would also like to know if the CBA Ignition Grant program has been of value to you and your work? Specifically, did your project result in any:
- New grant applications and/or successful funding
- New co-supervised students (summer students, Hons or PhD)
- Applied outcomes - e.g. management, policy
- New interactions/collaborations with scientists, from both within and outside your institution
*Please note: as part of the CBA Umbrella Agreement (ANU-CSIRO-UC Contract), if you wish to publish any material (including Background or Other IPR or Confidential Information), that relates to a CBA-supported Project (e.g. Ignition Grants, Synthesis Groups) you must submit the proposed publication to all other Parties involved in the Project for their review before submission.