Birds New Zealand Research Fund (BNZRF)
This national fund is managed by our Executive Officer on behalf of T/GEAR, a New Zealand Charitable Trust.
This fund provides financial assistance, mainly for logistics and purchase of equipment and consumables. Funding ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 may be awarded. Payments will be funded retrospective and are for a 12 month period only. For smaller projects, refer to the Projects Assistance Fund.
Who can apply
Applications will be accepted from individuals, students, researchers within universities, or organisations prepared to make a difference through ornithological research, with outcomes likely to provide for better management of New Zealand birds or their environment. The applicant has to be a current member of Birds New Zealand, living in New Zealand, and the project carried out in New Zealand or its outlying islands (e.g. Kermadecs).
How and when to apply
Download the criteria and application form here
Applications must be on the application form provided, and submitted as a single pdf file.
Applications open 1 April and close 15 June.
Preference will be given to projects that:
Current and previously funded projects:
Brown kiwi: Pair stability using eggshell DNA extraction
(David Vieco (Massey University)
Capacity of restored forests to support native birds
(Elizabeth Elliot-Hogg, Univ. Waikato)
Distribution of coccidia in kiwi
(Sarah Coker, Massey University)
Influence of sugar-feeders on birds in gardens
(Daria Erastova, University of Auckland)
Kiwi: Comparison of monitoring methods
(Emma Feenstra, Massey University)
New Zealand Storm Petrel: Conservation Genomics
(Andrew Veale, Unitec Auckland)
Response of avian feeding ecology to human changes
(Barbara Tomotani, Te Papa)
Seabird surveys of predator-free islands in Northland
(Chris Gaskin, NNZST)
Takahe: Spatially Explicit Modelling of reintroduction
(James Hunter, University of Otago)
Tui pollination of flax: a microbial perspective
(Manpreet Dhami, Landcare Research)
Yellow-eyed penguins: Post fledging dispersal
(Melanie Young, University of Otago)
Yellow-eyed penguins: Diet of YEP on Auckland I
(Chris Muller, Massey University)
Fiordland penguins (tawaki): Population monitoring
(Thomas Mattern, University of Otago)
Northern Kermadec seabirds
(Chris Gaskin/Northern NZ Seabird Trust)
NOT GONE AHEAD DUE TO ACCESS ISSUES.
Black-backed gulls: Ecology
(Mel Galbraith/Unitec Auckland).
Not gone ahead