On behalf of the Atlas of Living Australia we are excited to invite applications for the ALA Australian Biodiversity Data Mobilisation Program. This annual program aims to support people and institutions in digitising their biodiversity data and making it more accessible.

The 2022 program will provide multiple grants of either up to $20,000 or $50,000 to individuals or groups within Australian institutions to digitise existing species occurrence data and make it available to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) in the Darwin Core Standard.

An expert panel organised by the ALA will select the grant recipients from the pool of applicants received by April 11th, 2022.


Applications for 2022 closed on the 11th of April 2022, 5pm AEST. There will be another round in 2023.


Applicants must be within an Australian Institution to be eligible for the funding.

This excludes existing partners who already receive ALA or National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy support.

Applicants must also agree to provide the data to the ALA in Darwin Core Standard.

Program details

Funding amounts

There are two funding amounts on offer, including:

  • small grants up to $20,000
  • large grants up to $50,000

What data are suitable for the grant?

  • Data must be in the form of Australian species occurrence records
  • The program will target existing data. It cannot support new expeditions or field programs
  • Data mobilisation efforts should align to national priorities
  • Emergent digital data must be mapped to the Darwin Core standard and provided to the ALA as open data by the end of the program

What can I use the funding for?

Funding can be used to fund data mobilisation and/or infrastructure investments.

Data mobilisation investment could include:

  • Staff time to digitise specimens in physical collections including scanning
  • Conversion of existing analogue data, such as in field notes or other formats into the Darwin Core standard for provision to the ALA

Infrastructure investment could include:

  • Purchasing digital imaging equipment to create digital data from historic records
  • Purchasing software licences to improve the management and delivery of biodiversity data
  • Software development costs associated with the improved management and delivery of biodiversity data

Selection process

An expert panel will review the applications and select the successful applicants. The expert panel will consist of members from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, CSIRO and the University of New South Wales.

Successful applicants will be contacted directly by the ALA before May 31st. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified after this date.


The successful applicants will have one year to complete their projects and the ALA expects data to be provided in Darwin Core Standard by the end of the one year contract.


Once successful applicants have been notified, they will be asked to sign a contract with the ALA and CSIRO. See this document as an example of the required contract.

Submission form

Available again in 2023.

More information