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
- Precision Landscape Regeneration – integrating climate change responses, production and biodiversity.
Using thermal tolerance limits to understand species susceptibility under climate change.
- Planning with plasticity: Shifting management and conservation paradigms by integrating biological and organizational plasticity.
- Genomic empowerment of Australian bee systematics, taxonomy, conservation and diversity.
- Using expert elicitation to identify impacts of climate change on Australian species.
- Reconciling comparative and meta-analytic practices in an era of big data.
- Improving species conservation: pathway to the wild (co-funded with the Fenner Environment and Society Synthesis Program).
- Using expert elicitation to identify impacts of climate change on Australia’s alpine animals.
- How to use genomic data for relatedness and quantitative genetic estimation in non-model species.
- Crossing Lines: a new synthesis on Asian, Melanesian and Australian biotic exchange.
CBA Synthesis Groups will need to:
- Have a biodiversity science focus (evolutionary biology, population and ecosystem ecology, genomics, bioinformatics, and/or spatial modelling);
- Address either blue-sky research questions or applied research outcomes - the CBA supports a mix of groups across basic and translational* research;
- Be co-led by researchers from at least two or more CBA partner institutions (ie. ANU, CSIRO, UC) and have strong involvement of ECRs. Colleagues from other institutions and external stakeholders are also encouraged; and
- Present the outcomes of their SG in a CBA seminar. We will also request a brief final report (including expenditure) on completion of activities.
* For proposals with a strong emphasis at the interface of policy and biodiversity science please contact our Knowledge Broker Paula Doyle (email@example.com).
Research group leaders and ECMRs may be included on up to two submissions per funding round.
How to apply
Using the proposal template (under Downloads) send us your potential Synthesis Group. We look forward to learning of your ideas.
Applications will be assessed by the CBA Director and Liaison Committee in terms of above eligibility criteria and the Synthesis Gropup's potential to achieve some of the CBA's key goals:
- Increasing success with collaborative research proposals (ARC or other); and/or
- Increasing the number of joint publications across institutions; and/or
- Increasing demonstrable impact through translation of biodiversity research to policy and management.