Initiated by the Central Queensland Koala Volunteers, who wished to perpetuate their work on a wider canvas, the Society has established a trust fund to support research into the natural sciences. Donations to the fund are tax deductible (within standard ATO guidelines).
The fund will aim to support projects which escape the attention of the mainstream grant programs like those of the Australian Research Council. Applications for small-scale projects such as those by NGO groups or early career researchers will be encouraged.
A prospectus summarising the policy is available for prospective donors and other inquirers.
The Council of the Royal Society of Queensland pro tem is Trustee of the Research Fund.
Donations can be lodged at any time into the trust account: BSB 064-000, Account number 1378 7183. Deposits can be made at any branch of the Commonwealth Bank or online. Please mark the transfer with an identifying name and send a specific request to the Society for a receipt. (Please do not pay into the Society’s mainstream account as general donations to the Society are not tax deductible).
The guidelines are interim and open to amendment as experience is gained.
At this date, the fund is open to receive donations but lacks sufficient capital to be able to make disbursements. In the meantime, researchers are encouraged to enquire of other sources, such as:
Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarships: An annual grant for research in terrestrial, marine or freshwater ecology.