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The 2021 program has been paused due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The Australian Museum and the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation remain committed to supporting coral reef research through its targeted grants program. The decision to delay offering grants and fellowships for 2021 has not been made lightly and the program will be restarted as soon as it is considered feasible.


Background

Lizard Island Research Grants support important and often time-sensitive coral reef research projects. The grants are enabled through funding provided by donors to the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation. They may range from a single grant for a particular purpose to a series of grants offered over multiple years that are united by a research theme.

This program has operated since 2012 and 28 grants have been awarded to 2020. Unlike the fellowships programs, grants are not limited to a particular research demographic and applicants may be from any level within the research community.



Research themes

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish research grants are aimed at finding practical methods to reduce the impact of COTS on their coral prey. They are supported by an Ian Potter Foundation 50th Anniversary Commemorative Grant. This program has operated since 2015 and 20 grants were awarded up to the final one in 2020. Research funded under this program continues in 2021.

Plastic pollution research grants investigate the extent and effects of plastic pollution on coral reefs. This theme is supported by the Rossi Foundation and by the Banyer family. Three grants have been awarded to date and this program is ongoing.

Sustainable fishing research grants investigated methods that could be used to enhance survivorship of fish released by fishers. They were supported by the Teakle Foundation. One grant was awarded in each of 2012 and 2013. No new grants are currently offered in this theme.


Lizard island Grants Honour Roll
Year Name University Grant
2020 Joseph DiBattista Australian Museum Special
2020 Daniela Ceccarelli Independent Special
2020 Maria Dornelas and Joshua Madin University of St Andrews, UK, and University of Hawaii, USA Special
2020 Frederieke Kroon and Mark Meekan Australian Institute of Marine Science Plastic pollution
2020 Morgan Pratchett, Jason Doyle and others ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2019 Dione Deaker and Prof Maria Byrne University of Sydney Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2019 Jason Doyle Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2019 Dr Vanessa Messmer ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starifsh
2019 Prof Morgan Pratchett and Dr Andrew Hoey ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2019 Jennifer Wilmes ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2018 Dr Bridie Allan Institute of Marine Science, Norway Plastic pollution
2018 Marina Santana James Cook University Plastic pollution
2018 Dr Fredereike Kroon Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2018 Prof Maria Byrne and Assoc Prof Jonathan Allen University of Sydney and College of William and Mary, USA Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2018 Prof Maria Byrne and Dr Karen Chan University of Sydney and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2017 Dr Sven Uthicke Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2017 Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starifsh
2017 Ciemon Caballes ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2016 Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2016 Prof Morgan Pratchett and Dr Vanessa Messmer ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2016 Dr Sven Uthicke Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Lisa Bostrom-Einarsson James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Prof Morgan Pratchett and Ciemon Caballes ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Dr Vanessa Messmer and Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Prof Maria Byrne and others University of Sydney Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Zara-Louise Cowan ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2013 Dr Timothy Clark and others Australian Institute of Marine Science Sustainable Fishing
2012 Dr Timothy Clark and others Australian Institute of Marine Science Sustainable Fishing