CBA Grants & funding

Funding opportunities and grants provided by CBA

Ignition grants


Risk-taking research

Each year the CBA funds a number of pilot projects via our Ignition Grant program. We typically have two rounds per year (around March and September).

These small grants aim to 'kick-start' novel collaborative research between researchers from at least two or more CBA partner institutions (i.e. ANU, CSIRO, UC), with the intention that the interactions and results will subsequently form the basis of more substantial research proposals, publications, and/or collaborations in the future.

Synthesis groups

Each year the CBA funds a small number (2-4) of Synthesis Groups at ~$15-25K per group. This funding provides support for small group meetings (in person or online) and interim analyses that aim to generate:
  • High impact syntheses and reviews of existing data or concepts; and/or
  • Collaborative grant proposals; and/or
  • Policy and/or management outcomes via knowledge transfer amongst biodiversity scientists and policy makers and/or managers.

Previously funded Synthesis Groups

Honours awards


The CBA can help facilitate ANU and UC students spending time in CSIRO labs, providing valuable exposure to CSIRO scientists and research. Co-supervised honours projects also afford an excellent opportunity to develop collaborative linkages between CSIRO staff and university researchers.

The CBA may provide up to $10,000 for operational expenses and stipends for a honours student enrolled at ANU or University of Canberra with a CSIRO co-supervisor. 

Training support

One of the major objectives of the CBA is to build capacity through training of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers.


We want to hear from you!

The CBA welcomes input from our Early Career Researchers (Postdocs and PhD students) regarding the types of training activities they need to address their specific research requirements and interests. 

Visiting scientist support


A major objective of CBA is to enhance collaboration and training opportunities via external visitors who will present a workshop and/or seminar to the CBA community during their visit to Canberra.