Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative

At a glance

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Provides the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership with $5 million per year for ten years to support science and research priorities, particularly those relating to climate science, in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Who can apply

At a minimum, you must:    

  • be an entity incorporated in Australia
  • have an Australian Business Number
  • be authorised to represent the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

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business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative (ASCI) will support the operation and activities of the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership - a new collaborative Antarctic research partnership that will bring together government and non-government entities to deliver and lead a significant part of the national Antarctic science program. The Australian Antarctic Program Partnership will be Australia's leading research partnership in Southern Ocean and Antarctic Science, focusing on the Australian Antarctic Territory, Southern Ocean and Australia's sub-Antarctic islands. It is expected that the partnership will include, but not be limited to, the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Tasmania.

ASCI will deliver against the Australian Government’s commitment to strategic, long-term investment in science and support our science and research priorities, particularly those relating to climate science.

The objectives of the program are:

  • to support research that aims to understand the role of the Antarctic region in the global climate system and the implications on marine ecosystems
  • to enable the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership to undertake collaborative science, research and innovation activities under the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan and Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan
  • to secure Antarctic science jobs in Hobart.

ASCI will provide $50 million over 10 years from 2019/20 until 30 June 2029.

Eligibility criteria

The Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative grant is only available to the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership. A single application for funding will be submitted by a lead applicant who must:

  • be an entity incorporated in Australia
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be authorised to represent the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership.

The lead applicant must not be a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

Merit criteria

The application will be assessed against two merit criteria of equal weighting:

  • Merit criterion 1: Alignment with the intent of the Antarctic Science Collaborative Initiative
  • Merit criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources required to undertake the project

Please refer to the guidelines for further detail on the merit criteria.

How to apply

The Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative is currently closed to applications.

How we assess applications

First, we assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria.

If your application successfully meets the eligibility criteria, we refer your application to the Australian Antarctic Science Council (the council). If the council is not established or has not been convened prior to the assessment process commencing, we will establish an independent committee of experts to assess applications. The council or committee may also seek additional advice from other independent technical experts.

The council or the committee will assess your application against the merit criteria before making a recommendation to the Minister, who decides whether to approve the grant. The Minister’s decision is final in all matters.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers.

The earliest start date of the project is July 2019 and the end date of the grant commitment is June 2029.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

If successful, you must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments. You will have 30 days from the date of the written offer to execute the grant agreement with the Commonwealth. This offer may lapse if both parties do not sign the grant agreement within this timeframe. You must not commence any Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative project activities until a grant agreement has been executed.

If you enter an agreement under the Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative, you cannot receive other grants for the same activities from other Commonwealth, State or Territory granting programs.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample grant agreement – standard

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