As part of its 2021 research funding round, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is making its annual public call for applications to address research priorities identified for potential AFMA funding in 2021-22.
The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) met on 26 August 2020 to consider fishery-specific research priorities identified by individual fisheries Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs) and Management Advisory Committees (MACs) for AFMA’s call for applications. A single process replaced the two staged assessment process three years ago, whereby only full proposals will be considered in the ARC recommending the final research budget at its early February 2021 meeting. The revised process ensures final endorsement of AFMA’s research budget for 2021-22 occurs within AFMA’s budget timeframe.
Applicants should use the fishery-specific project scopes provided as a guide when developing their full proposals to meet the identified need for the project.
To assist in the quality control and to ensure that the proposal is relevant to identified research priorities, applicants are invited to discuss their applications with the relevant Fisheries Manager and / or the AFMA Research Section and prior to submitting a proposal.