Marine Animal Research Funding

Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc (SWRRFI)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Apr 1, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Aug 15, 2018 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Graduate Student Faculty Working Professional Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Australia

Location of residency: Australia

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The Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote research into marine life, and assist in the rescue of sick, injured and stranded marine animals. Approved by the Federal Government, the Foundation provides funding for quality research projects incorporating the protection and preservation of the marine environment. Each project submitted to the Foundation is evaluated by a Scientific Research Committee of six distinguished Australian Scientists approved by the CSIRO.

The application and assessment process begins in February with a call for Expressions of Interest for:

  • Marine Vertebrate Grant - 1 or 2 year projects (maximum 2 years).
  • Dolphin Conservation Grant – 1 year projects only. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Student applications must identify the supervisor as Chief Investigator; Students must be named as a Co-Investigator.
    • A student application counts as a full project.
  • Applicants may have one active project and one new application; a maximum of two at any one time.
  • Applications submitted as a "single year project" on the Expression of Interest will be assessed as such, and cannot be amended to a multi year project on the Full Submission.


  • Although SWRRFI seeks to encourage and assist marine sciences in the broadest sense, for the present it gives priority to projects relating to aspects of the biology of marine vertebrates and will consider applications from public and private sectors.


  • SWRRFI does not provide infrastructure funding for host organisations, salaries for chief investigators or co-investigators, conference travel, or publication costs.