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Climate Research Grants Program Guidelines

Download the Guidelines (PDF).

Background

Under Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 (Climate Action 21), the Tasmanian Government is building our understanding of Tasmania’s future climate. By investing in climate research, Tasmanian businesses, industry and the community will be better equipped to manage the risks and opportunities under a changing climate.

Overview

The Tasmanian Government is offering individual grants of up to $50,000 towards climate change projects that support research, and/or the development of decision support tools, that align with seven Tasmanian priority research areas. The total available funding pool is up to $350,000.

Eligible organisations may submit more than one application, provided the applications are ranked in order of priority. A separate application is required for each project.

The Grants Program is managed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC)’s Tasmanian Climate Change Office (TCCO).

Objective

To deliver climate change research projects, and/or the development of decision support tools, that contribute to addressing gaps within the seven priority research areas of need in Tasmania. The Grants Program is supporting Tasmanian businesses, industry and the community to improve understanding of, and be better equipped to manage, the risks and opportunities under a changing climate.

Tasmanian priority research areas

The seven priority research areas of need in Tasmania are:

  1. compound extreme events (eg bushfires followed by flash flooding), including their frequency, interrelationships and impacts;
  2. expanding the scope for downscaled climate change projections for the agriculture sector (eg meat, livestock products, fruit, vegetables and field crops);
  3. analysis of biosecurity and invasive pests, integrating methods for pest detection, pest lifecycles and climate change projections to identify the risk of the emergence of viable populations in different regions of Tasmania;
  4. understanding the risk of the changing climate on the tourism sector, including the future impact of natural hazards on Tasmania’s built heritage, cultural heritage, natural values and biodiversity;
  5. examining the risks of the changing climate to the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians;
  6. assessing the risks of the changing climate to Tasmania’s aquaculture and wild fisheries sector; and
  7. development of tools that help incorporate climate information into decision making, including through simplifying the accessibility and usability of climate change research for non-expert users.

Eligible organisations

The Grants Program is open to organisations that are suited to delivering the Grants Program objective, including:

  • research institutes;
  • Tasmanian local government agencies and bodies located in Tasmania;
  • Tasmanian peak organisations;
  • not-for-profit incorporated organisations;
  • not-for-profit organisations or community groups that are not incorporated, if sponsored by an incorporated organisation. The sponsoring organisation must provide a letter to confirm it will accept the relevant legal and financial requirements;
  • for-profit incorporated organisations;
  • businesses with an Australian Business Number;
  • Tasmanian Government agencies; and
  • Tasmanian Government Business Enterprises and State-Owned Companies.

Eligible projects

All applications will be reviewed to ensure they meet eligibility requirements before they progress to the assessment phase. A project will only be eligible if it supports research, and/or the development of decision support tools, that align with one or more of the seven priority research areas of need in Tasmania.

How to apply

Complete an Application Form, which can be downloaded from the TCCO website. Submit your completed Application Form to TCCO.

Electronic copies (preferred) can be emailed to climatechange@dpac.tas.gov.au with ‘Climate Research Grants Program’ in the subject line.

Hard copies can be mailed to:

Climate Research Grants Program
Tasmanian Climate Change Office
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123
HOBART   TAS   7001.

Closing date

Applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm on Friday 12 June 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Successful applicants will be offered a grant on the terms and conditions set out in these Guidelines and will receive a grant agreement outlining the funding terms and conditions.

The funding will be provided when the grant agreement is finalised, and in line with the funding terms. As outlined in the Conditions of Funding, funding may be paid upfront or in instalments and on such conditions as TCCO may determine.

Unsuccessful applicants will receive a letter advising they have been unsuccessful, and extending an opportunity to discuss the outcome.

Assessment process

An assessment panel will assess applications against the Eligibility Requirements and Assessment Criteria defined in these Guidelines. The assessment panel will include representatives from DPAC, and an external representative.

The Grants Program is a competitive process. Applications that meet the Eligibility Requirements and Assessment Criteria are not guaranteed funding.

The assessment panel may request additional information be supplied by an applicant to assist the panel’s decision making process. Where the funding allocation is nearing exhaustion, successful applicants may be offered partial funding rather than the full amount requested.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following four criteria:

  1. Applicants must demonstrate how the project aligns with the objective of the Grants Program.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate their capacity to share learnings and how they will communicate research outcomes, with a non-scientific audience, at the conclusion of the project.
  3. If co-investment is being provided, either through a cash and/or in-kind contribution, applicants must provide evidence that they have confirmed co-investment for the project.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate their capacity to successfully deliver the project by scoping budget, timeframes and identifying responsibility for tasks.

Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate:

  • a co-investment through in-kind and/or a cash contribution;
  • a multiple partnership approach to solving a research need; and
  • how the research and/or decision support tool will continue to be relevant into the future, or can be updated over time.

Project timeframes

Projects must be completed and grant funding spent within 12 months from the signing of the grant agreement.

Conditions of funding

The following conditions of funding apply:

  • Funding is subject to acceptance by organisations of a grant agreement.
  • The Tasmanian Government may terminate funding if the recipient fails to adhere to the conditions of the funding agreement.
  • After grants are offered, applicants may be required to provide further details on project budgets and work plans before an agreement is signed.
  • Funding must be used for the purposes outlined in the application and the subsequent grant agreement. Approval for any changes to the purposes of funding must be requested in writing to DPAC.
  • Grant recipients must provide quarterly progress and expenditure reports and a final report (with financial acquittal) of the project. Grant recipients must also keep evidence of all financial transactions related to the project for audit purposes. These records may be requested up to three years after the project has been completed. Any unspent monies must be returned to the Tasmanian Government.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that their project will be undertaken by appropriately qualified and experienced people who have the appropriate insurance cover, where needed.
  • At DPAC’s absolute discretion, funding may be paid upfront or in instalments and on such conditions as TCCO may determine.

Reporting requirements

Organisations must submit quarterly progress and expenditure reports to TCCO. The project milestones referred to in the application, and any subsequent project plans, will form part of the progress reports.

Organisations must also submit a final report on completion of the project to TCCO. The final report must include a one page briefing that outlines the project title, aims and key results that can be shared publicly on the TCCO website.

TCCO may also request additional information or reports at any time.

Public announcements

All public announcements, including promotional materials and social media postings, must acknowledge the funding support provided by the Tasmanian Government.

Organisations should contact TCCO by email climatechange@dpac.tas.gov.au or telephone (03) 6232 7173 before making any of the following public announcements:

  • initial announcements of eligible projects;
  • initiatives;
  • subsequent media releases; and
  • media events.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) requirements

Organisations must indicate whether they are registered for GST in their grant application. Please contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66 or visit www.ato.gov.au if you require any clarification on GST.

Personal information

Personal information will be managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004. You can request access to your personal information from DPAC.

Right to information

Information provided to DPAC is subject to the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009. More information about this Act and what it means is available at www.dpac.tas.gov.au/rti. You can view the Act in full on the Tasmanian Legislation website: www.thelaw.tas.gov.au.

More information

For more information about the Grants Program please visit the TCCO website at www.climatechange.tas.gov.au. If you have any queries, or you require assistance accessing the Application Form or completing your application, please contact TCCO by email: climatechange@dpac.tas.gov.au or by telephone: (03) 6232 7173.