Marine Vertebrate Grants

Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc (SWRRFI)

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Mar 31, 2020 11:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Research Scientist Graduate Student Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Australia

Location of residency: Australia

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Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation


The Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to funding and promoting independent marine research projects. Through research and rescue activities, Sea World aims to help build our knowledge and appreciation of the wondrous variety of life in our oceans.

The Foundation seeks to encourage and assist marine sciences and to date has supported over 180 research projects relating to aspects of the biology of marine vertebrates and considers applications from both the private and public sectors.

The vision of non-profit Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation Inc. is to understand, protect & support the marine environment for future generations.

Since our incorporation as a non-profit organisation in 1993 Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation has supported over 160 independent research projects relating to the biology of marine vertebrates and selected by our Scientific Advisory Committee.

The Sea World Research & Rescue teams pioneering work in marine animal rescues has resulted in outstanding success in rehabilitating and saving many sick, injured and stranded animals in the wild.

Marine Vertebrate Grants

In February each year the Foundation calls for expressions of interest for 1 or 2 year projects to be submitted to Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation Inc (SWRRFI) by 1 April. A limited number of projects are short-listed on the basis of their high scientific merit and likely contribution to the Foundation's objectives.

What we learn will create a clearer path to safeguarding the fragile marine environment for generations to come.

Applicants who are short-listed are invited to submit a detailed project plan describing the research to be undertaken, including costs

Plans may be submitted by SWRRFI to a specialist external referee (not necessarily within Australia) for further scientific evaluation.

The Foundation attempts to fund a number of applications each year. Successful applicants are required to report on the progress of the project by 1 September each year and to produce a final report by 1 September in the year following cessation of the project.

The Foundation requests copies of publications and thesis which result from projects, and acknowledgement in all lectures, presentations, displays and published material.

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.
  • Chief Investigator and Co-investigator/s may have one active project and one new application; a maximum of two at any one time.


  • SWRRFI does not fund infrastructure, conference travel or publication costs, salaries for the chief investigator or co‐investigators.