Ignition grants

Annual value



15 November 2019


 Claire Stephens

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).

A new round of Ignition Grants will open September 2020.

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 interactions and 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.

Past and currently funded Ignition Projects


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 with the expectation that the outcomes will form the basis of more substantial research proposals, publications and/or collaborations in the future.

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:

  • fieldwork
  • sample preparation
  • sequencing
  • bioinformatics
  • technical salaries
  • honours projects (including stipends - see here for more information on honours funding)

If you are interested in developing a proposal with potential policy and/or management applications, please contact our Knowledge Broker Paula Doyle (paula.doyle@canberra.edu.au, Mon-Wed). Paula will assist with engagement opportunities with policy-makers and preparation of a ‘policy-relevant’ proposal.


How to apply

We invite you to submit to claire.stephens@anu.edu.au a short proposal (~2 pages or less) that includes:

  1. Project title
  2. Collaborators' names, affiliations and email addresses
  3. Brief project outline
  4. Expected project timeline
  5. Itemised budget 
  6. Potential policy and/or management links
  7. Intellectual property and confidentiality

Applications will be assessed by the CBA Director and Liaison Committee in terms of:

  1. Quality of the science, and
  2. Fit to criteria, ie. stimulating a new collaboration across institutions, or if within existing cross-institutional collaborations, stimulating a new project.

Download a proposal template



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:

  • Publications
  • 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


    Updated:  15 August 2020/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Coordinator