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



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 (

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.