Q. I want to go out into the field to collect more data. Will you pay for that?

A. No, this program is for existing biodiversity species occurrence data only.

Q. If I receive a grant, can I use it to purchase equipment AND pay wages?

A. Yes, you can! For example, if you receive a grant for $20,000, you might budget to spend $10,000 on a camera, and $10,000 on wages for a research assistant to scan biodiversity specimens.

Q. Do my data have to be completely analogue, such as handwritten notes or specimens?

A. No, the data can be stored on a computer, but it must not have been shared with the ALA before. For example, if you have some records from fieldwork in a spreadsheet, as long as this hasn’t otherwise been shared before, it will qualify. In this case, the work would entail conversion of the data to the ALA Darwin Core standard.

Q. Can the grant fund applicants outside Australia?

A. No, the applicants must be within an Australian institution to be contracted and funded.

Q. What types of workplaces are considered an institution?

A. A museum, university, local government or any business or charity with a registered ABN.

Q. What type of data can I use this grant for?

A. This grant is only supporting species occurrence records in a Darwin Core standard. The ALA has templates and step-by-step instructions to assist you with this.

Q. What are national priorities?

A. The intent of this question is for the applicant to reference priorities that are appropriate for your data and project. We want applicants to contextualise their request and show us why the work is important. Priorities could come from recent science-led work or listed government priorities. Some examples could include priorities for bushfire recovery, threatened species or invasive species. However, these are only some examples, and you should discuss priorities that best align with your dataset.