2022 ACSA Seed Grant winners

CS Project, Education, Field-based citizen science, Grants, Social research in CS
We are very pleased to announce that two great projects have been selected to receive our $1,000 seed grants. Ferox AustralisDr Larissa Braz SouzaLarissa’s grant will be put towards the costs of publishing a paper in the open-access journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. It will explore and publish the outcomes of the Great Southern Bioblitz, a co-created citizen science initiative.From their application:The Great Southern Bioblitz (GSB) is a co-created citizen science initiative to observe as many species as possible over spring in the Southern Hemisphere. As GSB is reaching its third year, we have identified the need to analyse its development and implementation, and assess challenges and opportunities to reach new areas. Thus, we propose using quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the GSB framework, outcomes and future directions resulting…
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Seed Grants 2022 OPEN- Call for applications!

Seed Grants 2022 OPEN- Call for applications!

Grants
Two $1000 Grants available - apply now! ACSA is excited to announce its fifth round of Seed Grants.  As a way of giving back and investing in our members we are offering grants of $1000 each to two ACSA members to seed their professional growth or their project’s growth, or assist with publication costs for an open access journal.Applications are now open for the 2022 Seed Grants. What’s in it for you? $1000 to seed your professional development or your project’s growth, or assist with publication costs for an open access journal.Exposure for your project and/or organisation.Motivation to initiate something you have always wanted to do.Quick and easy application process (online application form). Last year, our two ACSA Seed Grant winners were: Samantha Beckmann2 Bent RodsFor a video & QR…
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2021 Seed Grant – MYOCOmmunity Applied Mycology Progress Report

2021 Seed Grant – MYOCOmmunity Applied Mycology Progress Report

Communication & promotion, CS Project, Grants
By Ema Corro, winner of a 2021 ACSA Seed Grant Our project aims to use citizen science to rapidly increase knowledge of fungal taxonomy and ecology. As part of this we have been training volunteers to record sightings of fungi using iNaturalist, to take and describe herbarium specimens and do microscopy and DNA work on fungi. The equipment we bought with the ACSA grant has allowed us to show volunteers how to extract DNA from mushrooms and environmental samples for sequencing and tests for environmental DNA. For the next stages of our project we are planning to study the effects of storm damage on soil fungi and do some pilot runs sequencing environmental DNA in animal scats. We are also developing tests to look for invasive as well as endangered species of…
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2021 Seed Grant – 2 Bent Rods Progress Report

2021 Seed Grant – 2 Bent Rods Progress Report

Communication & promotion, Grants
By Samantha Beckmann, winner of a 2021 ACSA Seed Grant We are so grateful to have won an ACSA Seed Grant to help promote the use of the 2 Bent Rods free fishing app, where recreational & professional fishers can upload photos and contribute data about the size and health of fish in their catch.  Currently we have about 500 fishers using the app. We also use the app to help in the management of our fishing competitions, which encourage fishers to take a photo of native fish and release them, or in the case of pest fishing competitions, help to keep track of pest numbers before disposal. With users sharing their catches, we will be able to gain an understanding of the main fish caught from shore based fishers.…
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Fungimap Research Grants open!

Fungimap Research Grants open!

Communication & promotion, Grants
Both the inaugural Fungimap Research Grants and the Australasian Mycological Society Research Grants are now open for applications! The Fungimap Research Grant is open to citizen scientists and those building the capacity of fungi citizen science in Australia, while the Australasian Mycological Society Research Grant is open to mycologists, scientists and students associated with an Australasian research organisation.Full details and guidelines on the links below:  Fungimap Research Grant Announcement 2022Fungimap Research Grant Guide 2022Australasian Mycological Society Research Grant 2022 For the Fungimap grant, citizen scientists are invited to apply for between $500-$2000, with up to $3000 total funds expected to be distributed across two programs on research projects focussed on improving knowledge of Australia's native macrofungi.  Applications close Thursday 14th April 2022.Enquiries to fungimap@gmail.com. Fungimap gratefully acknowledges the generous support of every individual and organisation who have…
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ACSA Seed Grant Winners

Communication & promotion, Grants
We are very excited to announce the winners of ACSA's 2021 Seed Grants; MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology and 2 Bent Rods! Each will be provided with $1000 to assist the growth and development of their citizen science projects. MYCOmmunity Applied MycologyEma CorroMYCOmmunity Applied Mycology will use the money to train volunteers in taking herbarium specimens of fungi and in the use of basic laboratory equipment and techniques related to environmental DNA and DNA sequencing.  The Wild Fungi DNA Project is a very exciting initiative and has the potential to have a big impact and greatly enhance our knowledge of the distribution of Australian fungi. With only 5% of the estimated 250,000 species of Australian fungi being described, and the infrequent sightings and recording of fungi fruiting bodies, the use of eDNA…
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Open Call for $100,000 in funding for Built Environments Biodiversity Project 2021

Open Call for $100,000 in funding for Built Environments Biodiversity Project 2021

Collaboration & partnerships, Communication & promotion, Grants
Call for proposals: The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) have announced a collaborative open call for partners on the Built Environments Biodiversity Project. ALA and AURIN are looking to collaborate with project partners who will design, build and deliver a project informed by citizen science that will examine the intersection of biodiversity with built environments in Australia. The project must result in a new research infrastructure that will be used by the AURIN and ALA research communities and have a citizen science element. They are offering up to $100,000 for a project that will be complete within twelve months. Applications close 13 December at 5:00PM (AEDT). For details and to apply: https://aurin.org.au/about-aurin/ala-aurin-open-call-2021/
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Engaging Science Grants NOW OPEN

Engaging Science Grants NOW OPEN

Communication & promotion, Grants
Do you have an idea to engage Queenslanders in science? Applications for the Engaging Science Grants for up to $20,000 are now open to support teachers, scientists and community groups to: run events and activities that inspire students to study STEM subjects and promote STEM careers engage with the wider community to increase awareness of the amazing science happening in Queensland deliver projects including citizen science that grow community engagement with scientists The grants support our new Engaging Queenslanders in science strategy and projects should align to one of the three goals in the strategy. Apply before 1pm, Monday 15 November 2021: https://www.chiefscientist.qld.gov.au/.../engaging...
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ACSA Seed Grants closing tomorrow

ACSA Seed Grants closing tomorrow

Communication & promotion, Grants
Could you be the next recipient of $1000? The 2021 ACSA Seed Grants are closing tomorrow, Friday 1st October 2021! Have you got your application in yet? You can put the grant towards your citizen science project, your professional development or towards an open access publication. The quick and easy application process is open to all ACSA members. Get yours in before midnight tomorrow (Friday 1st October).  For all the details and to apply, please see our Call for Applications.
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Seed Grants 2001 – Call for applications!

Seed Grants 2001 – Call for applications!

ACSA development, Communication & promotion, Grants
Two $1000 Grants available - apply now!ACSA is proud to launch it's 4th round of Seed Grants. Established in 2018 we have so far awarded 7 Seed Grants - worth a total of $5,500 - to ACSA members, to help give their citizen science project a boost or to advance their own professional development in the citizen science space.Applications are now open for the 2021 Seed Grants. What’s in it for you? * $1000 to seed your professional development or your project’s growth, or to pay for an open access publication of a citizen science paper. * Exposure for your project and/or organisation. * Motivation to initiate something you have always wanted to do. * Quick and easy application process (online application form). Last year, two ACSA members won ACSA…
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