We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the second round of Hidden Vale Conservation Research Support Grants.

The fund is intended to support UQ academics to attract high-quality students and support research that could lead to external research funding that is of core strategic interest to the Hidden Vale partnership between UQ and the Turner Family Foundation (TFF).

The Hidden Vale Research Station supports a wide range of research, teaching, and engagement initiatives in wildlife conservation and ecology. Forming the backbone of The Hidden Vale Project are 3 large private properties, managed by the Turner Family Foundation (TFF) that sustain a diversity of wildlife, regional ecosystems, habitat types and land uses.

Through research, rewilding, ecological restoration and education, the Hidden Vale Project seeks to build an enduring legacy for wildlife conservation and restoration.

A total of $180,000 is available in this round. The philosophy of this funding scheme is to support a diversity of researchers and projects.

The Faculty will fund research in two possible streams:

(i) the PhD Support Fund will fund new PhD projects of up to 3 years in duration and

(ii) the Honours/Masters Support Fund will fund new projects over a one-year period.

Prior to submission, applicants are encouraged to discuss the strategic fit of their proposed project to the Hidden Vale Project with Professor Robbie Wilson, Academic Director Hidden Vale Research Station: r.wilson@uq.edu.au.

Previous strategic investments in long-term research projects provide some unique opportunities for researchers looking to value-add; including projects on restoration thinning, fire ecology and management, biodiversity monitoring, and captive breeding and conservation.