Coastal Research and Development Grants

The South Australian Government has committed $5.2 million to implement the New life for our coastal environment election commitment, including $1 million in funding towards research and development projects to improve management of beaches and protect and enhance our coastal environments.

Recognising that many coastal communities are at risk from current and future coastal hazards, such as erosion, flooding and sand dune drift, and that innovative solutions will be required for successful coastal adaptation into the future, the Government has allocated $650,000 to a Coastal Research and Development Grant Program.


The purpose of the Coastal Research and Development Grant Program is to fund research and development demonstration projects that:

  • Examine risks to coastal assets, infrastructure and communities.
  • Support coastal adaptation.
  • Develop innovative approaches to coastal management to sustain assets and the environment.


Researchers, coastal councils, businesses, community groups and non-government organisations can apply for co-funding to undertake practical research and development projects to address current and future coastal risks that will lead to better on-ground management and protection of our precious South Australian coastline. 

The types of research and development projects that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Coastal hazard adaptation strategies.
  • Design or testing of new approaches to coastal management to combine ecological and asset protection benefits.
  • Collection of data and information to improve knowledge of the coast that will lead to improved coastal adaptation, health and resilience. 

Round 1 Recipients

The first round of funding has awarded over $190,000 in research and development funding to five coastal councils. 

The following projects were identified through the Regional Coast Protection Fund application process: 

  • $71,050 to Wattle Range Council for a modelling study of Rivoli Bay, and an innovative project to produce a series of web-based coastal process animations for community education
  • $40,750 to City of Marion for a coastal monitoring program, including a citizen science component, between Hallett Cove and Marino
  • $30,000 to City of Salisbury to undertake a baseline scoping study of the St Kilda mangroves and boardwalk area to inform future decision-making
  • $26,000 to City of Onkaparinga for the development of a novel approach to community engagement and coastal climate change adaptation decision-making
  • $23,500 to District Council of Robe to conduct a multi-method mapping and vulnerability study of Robe 


Interested applicants are encouraged to view the Coastal Research and Development Grant Application Guide , and to contact the Coast and Marine Branch to discuss their ideas and obtain an application form.

Applications close at midnight on 28 February 2020 (note deadline extended from date previously advised). 

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