Birds New Zealand Research Fund (BNZRF)
This important national research fund is managed by our Executive Officer on behalf of T/GEAR, a New Zealand Charitable Trust.
The BNZRF 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.
Please note: Birds New Zealand is calling for applications for the 2020 Birds NZ Research Fund in good faith. If Covid-19 circumstances require, the Society will either cancel the application round, or suspend consideration of any applications received, or seek confirmation that the research can be delivered in the context of Government restrictions in place at that time.
Preference will be given to projects that:
Current and previously funded projects:
Banded rail habitat use
(Jacques de Satge)
Bar-tailed godwit satellite tracking
(Dr. Phil Battley, Massey University)
Brown kiwi gut biome
(Dr. Manpreet Dhami, Landcare Research)
Diving petrel translocation
(Johannes Fischer, Victoria University, PhD)
Diving petrel diet and trophics
(Grace Tocker, Victoria University, MSc)
Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki) habitat use
(Dr. Thomas Mattern, University of Otago)
Fluttering shearwater health
(Edin Whitehead, University of Auckland, PhD)
Kiwi monitoring methods
(Emma Feenstra, Massey University, PhD)
(Ines Moran, University of Auckland, PhD)
Spotted shag foraging biology
(Dr. Matt Rayner, Auckland Museum)
Tieke song, personality, parasites
(Dr. Isabel Castro, Massey University)
White-fronted tern survey
(Chris Gaskin, NNZST)
New Zealand Storm Petrel: Conservation Genomics Not gone ahead.
(Andrew Veale, Unitec Auckland)
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