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Grants and Awards

The South Australian Government has established a $2 million Citizen Science Fund. This is being used to encourage and support the community to carry out scientific research about our environment.

South Australian Environmental Citizen Science Strategy

We have developed the South Australian Environmental Citizen Science Strategy. The purpose of this strategy is to encourage public participation in environmental science by supporting the development of projects that are engaging for the public and also help to answer priority environmental questions.

The development of this strategy is one of the government’s key commitments in our overarching plan for biodiversity protection and will be complemented by other activities, including grants programs to support research projects.


The Department for Environment and Water recognises the value that citizen science adds to our knowledge about the environment.

To encourage the community to engage meaningfully in science and engage with their local environment, grants are available to support and promote citizen science projects.

Environmental Citizen Science Small Grants

The Environmental Citizen Science Small Grants are for citizen science projects that address research questions or gather data about living things and the natural environment: plants, animals, fungi, species, ecosystems, ecological communities. This includes the key elements of our natural environment, including soil, water and air.

In 2023, individual grants of up to $15,000 were awarded to:

  • University of South Australia – studying mosquito populations in South Australia in collaboration with schools
  • Flinders University – studying little penguin numbers on Granite Island
  • AUSMAP, Total Environment Centre – researching microplastics on Kangaroo Island
  • Brownhill Creek Association Inc. – researching yabbies as indicators of the health of a groundwater-dependent ecosystem in Brownhill Creek (Wirraparinga)
  • Miss Jessica Bamford – researching Cortinarius mushrooms in the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges
  • Mr Brian Gepp – researching the relationship between fire and biodiversity at the Nangwarry Native Forest Reserve
  • Mr Emmanuel Lukingan-Katz – restoring Coffin Bay's lost oyster reefs and improving local water quality and marine biodiversity
  • The Friends of Belair National Park Inc. – engaging with school aged children to research flora, fauna and fungi found in the Belair National Park
  • BirdLife Australia – studying the types of Terns and other seabirds and shorebirds near Encounter Bay
  • Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch – studying dolphin movements, patterns, behaviours and preferred habitat to inform conservation.

Environmental Citizen Science Large Grants

The Environmental Citizen Science Large Grants are aimed towards collaborative and longer-term citizen science research projects focused on key environmental questions which could inform conservation activities or policy decisions; and projects that seek to enhance the capability of citizen science participants or project leaders.

In 2024, multi-year grants were awarded to:


Project title

Total grant amount over 3 years (GST excl)

Fungimap Inc.

Fungi for function: bushland health indicators


Austland Management Pty Ltd

Enhancing resilience in a social-ecological system: citizen scientists building an understanding of arid woodland resilience to natural disturbance through a long-term phenology study


Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation

Nha ba Wuna Puwatingara Meritbii - to see and help freshwater turtle on Limestone Country


BirdLife Australia

Conservation through Knowledge: empowering citizen scientists in beach-nesting bird recovery


Trees For Life

If you build it what will come? Measuring Landscape Health


Flinders University

Marine Hitchhikers of Eyre Peninsula: Citizen Science Program from Port Augusta through to Coffin Bay


the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia

Capacity building of citizen scientists for woodland bird monitoring


The Trustee for Nature Glenelg Trust

Limestone Coast community bird monitoring program - building capability for long term biodiversity monitoring to inform adaptive management


Northern and Yorke Landscape Board

Waterbug Bioblitzes and Waterwatch SA - Building community capacity through collaborative catchment monitoring across three Landscape SA regions


Australian Citizen Science Association Inc

Capacity Building Program for South Australia’s Citizen Science Project Leaders


Citizen Science Awards

South Australian Citizen Science Award nominations open!

Inspiring South Australia, the Department for Environment and Water and the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) are pleased to announce the 2024 Citizen Science Award is now open for nominations.

The Citizen Science Award is open to South Australian groups and individuals currently engaged in citizen science activities that promote and increase community participation in projects that encompass quality science, engagement and education.

The Award offers two prizes, a first prize of $5,000 and a finalist prize of $2,500, it’s hoped the prize money will further support the project or to generate new projects.

The Award guidelines and application form can be found at the links below:

To read about the winner and runner up for 2023, visit the Inspiring SA website.

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