The NSW Government has developed a scientifically-driven Shark Management Strategy (SMS), involving innovative approaches to provide the most effective protection against shark interactions at NSW beaches.
The SMS runs for five years and includes provision for annual competitive grants. This is the second year that Annual Competitive Grants is being offered. Grant funding will support projects which align with the key objective of the NSW SMS ‘to increase protection for bathers from shark interactions while minimising harm to sharks or other animals’.
A total of $200,000 is available under the Shark Management Strategy Grants Program for single year projects. Funding for individual projects would generally not exceed $50,000. Proposed projects should be developed as 1-year in duration, but extensions may be considered for promising research and development.
Anyone can apply for a SMS grant including technology developers, researchers, organisations, educational institutions, businesses and individuals. Grants are open to national and international applicants, and joint applications are encouraged.
Grants to support advances in technology will cover projects in the research and development and field demonstration phases (see EOI guidelines). Projects that are solely review-based, or focus on improving commercial readiness and commercial viability of existing technology will not be considered.
Key areas for funding which align with the NSW SMS objective are:
To apply for a SMS grant, applicants will first need to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The EOI includes a project summary which is reviewed by the Director Fisheries Research and an Independent. Selected applicants will then be invited to complete a full application which will be reviewed by the SMS Grants Advisory Panel.
Two rounds of successful Annual Competitive Grants have been offered:
Contact NSW DPI: