Minderoo Foundation invites researchers to apply to conduct high-impact research, conservation, and educational projects at the Exmouth Research Lab.
Expressions of interest for research projects are now open!
Please ensure you read through the relevant information below when you apply:
Expressions of interest must be received by 5pm AWST on 28 February 2023.
Successful applicants will have access to the Exmouth Research Lab facilities, equipment and support services on terms to be agreed between the applicant and Minderoo Foundation. This may include:
Minderoo Foundation support will not extend to specific project costs including consumables (including lab reagents), equipment, travel costs, salary costs, food, provisioning or freight. Research permits and licensing costs are also the responsibility of the successful applicant.
Applicants who will be conducting bona fide scientific research are eligible to use the Exmouth Research Lab facilities and equipment.
Applicants must provide sufficient detail about their proposed project to satisfy Minderoo Foundation that the research is genuine. Applicants must have the capacity to contribute towards a scientific publication or a postgraduate thesis, or it must be a requirement of an undergraduate course. Applicants will generally have a university or research institute affiliation.
Any ethics approvals and permits required are the responsibility of the applicant and must be in place before the project commences.
Successful applicants will be required to provide Minderoo Foundation with progress reports and a final report on the project and the findings.
By submitting an application, applicants consent to being contacted by Minderoo Foundation for (but not limited to) operational feedback, public relations opportunities (such as commentary and interviews) and for inclusion on websites, social media, media releases and mentions in Minderoo Foundation announcements.
Communication of research findings through media, social media, conferences, forums and communication with Minderoo Foundation staff is expected in connection with all research carried out with Minderoo Foundation support. Wherever possible, academic journal publications of research findings should be on an open access basis.
Minderoo Foundation is committed to openly sharing data collected through collaborative projects run from our facilities. Nevertheless, we recognise that there may be legitimate concerns surrounding the publication and potential misuse of some types of data. Minderoo Foundation aims to balance the key objectives of obtaining maximum scientific benefits from open access to data against the unintended consequences of sensitive ecological information falling into the wrong hands.
The research project must:
Research impact is the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research.
Applicants are strongly advised to ensure the project has a clear and well-articulated impact with respect to the following: