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Background

Lizard Island Research Grants support important and often time-sensitive coral reef research projects. The grants are enabled through funding provided by donors to the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation. They may range from a single grant for a particular purpose to a series of grants offered over multiple years that are united by a research theme.

This program has operated since 2012 and 23 grants have been awarded to date. Unlike the fellowships programs, grants are not limited to a particular research demographic and applicants may be from any level within the research community.

For 2020, a new grant is offered within the Plastic Pollution theme.

2020 is the last year of funding for Crown-of-Thorns Starfish research under the Ian Potter 50th Anniversary Commemorative Grants scheme. In this final year, we are focusing on refining techniques for early detection of outbreaks and are developing plans with a small number of invited researchers. Accordingly, there will not be an open application process for COTS grants as in previous years.



Research themes

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish research grants are aimed at finding practical methods to reduce the impact of COTS on their coral prey. They are supported by an Ian Potter Foundation 50th Anniversary Commemorative Grant. This program has operated since 2015 and 19 grants have been awarded. The sixth and final annual round of grants will be made in 2020 but there is not an open application process for this round.

Plastic pollution research grants investigate the extent and effects of plastic pollution on coral reefs. This theme is supported by the Rossi Foundation and by the Banyer family. The first two grants were awarded in 2018 and one new grant is offered for 2020.

Sustainable fishing research grants investigated methods that could be used to enhance survivorship of fish released by fishers. They were supported by the Teakle Foundation. One grant was awarded in each of 2012 and 2013. No new grants are currently offered in this theme.



Lizard island Grants Honour Roll
Year Name University Grant
2019 Dione Deaker and Prof Maria Byrne University of Sydney Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2019 Jason Doyle Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2019 Dr Vanessa Messmer ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starifsh
2019 Prof Morgan Pratchett and Dr Andrew Hoey ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2019 Jennifer Wilmes ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2018 Dr Bridie Allan Institute of Marine Science, Norway Plastic pollution
2018 Marina Santana James Cook University Plastic pollution
2018 Dr Fredereike Kroon Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2018 Prof Maria Byrne and Assoc Prof Jonathan Allen University of Sydney and College of William and Mary, USA Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2018 Prof Maria Byrne and Dr Karen Chan University of Sydney and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2017 Dr Sven Uthicke Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2017 Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starifsh
2017 Ciemon Caballes ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2016 Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2016 Prof Morgan Pratchett and Dr Vanessa Messmer ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2016 Dr Sven Uthicke Australian Institute of Marine Science Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Lisa Bostrom-Einarsson James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Prof Morgan Pratchett and Ciemon Caballes ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Dr Vanessa Messmer and Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Prof Maria Byrne and others University of Sydney Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2015 Zara-Louise Cowan ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
2013 Dr Timothy Clark and others Australian Institute of Marine Science Sustainable Fishing
2012 Dr Timothy Clark and others Australian Institute of Marine Science Sustainable Fishing