Call for Applications

Competitive Round Call for Expressions of Interest now open. 

Closing 16 February 2020


Download and read the RD&E priorities for investment 


The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address research, development & extension (RD&E) priorities nominated by the FRDC’s Advisory Groups: Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and FRDC Subprograms.

Nominated RD&E Priorities for Investment - The nominated RD&E priorities for investment are outlined here.

Each EOI must clearly outline how it will meet the relevant identified Need(s). Provide a succinct description of the proposed Method to achieve the stated Objectives, and deliver the expected Outputs and Outcomes. This should include a quantification of the impact of the research if the outputs were adopted such as a change in fisheries management, an improvement in the species population, increased profitability or efficiency of the commercial sector or improvements in recreational fishing experiences. Applicants also need to define project Extension activities that will be used to disseminate expected project findings. A realistic Budget that reflects the activity to be undertaken is to be provided along with Justification for the budget request. Where appropriate, applicants should demonstrate collaboration with other relevant research providers and end users and consider past and current research to avoid duplication and build on previous outputs. 

EOIs that address multiple priorities are encouraged.

Applicants may also submit an EOI that does not address a nominated priority; however, it should be noted that preference may be given to applications that address nominated priorities. If you do wish to submit an application that does not address one of these priorities, it is recommended that you first discuss your research concept with the relevant FRDC Advisory Group contact. In addition, FRDC strongly recommends that all applicants consult with the relevant stakeholder groups and expected end users to ensure that research concepts has the support of beneficiaries. Support can be demonstrated through formal letters of support, in-kind contributions and project cash contributions.

Minimum EOI Requirements

All EOIs MUST be completed via FishNet. Refer to the FRDC website for more information on the FRDC’s process for Applying for Funding.

Once you have completed your EOI you must finalise it on FishNet so that FRDC receives notification that the application is submitted. Failure to do so may mean that your application is not submitted and therefore not considered for funding.

If you have any questions or issues with FishNet, please contact the FRDC by phone (02) 6285 0400 or email


Nominated RD&E Priorities for Investment - for more details on each priority download the Competitive Round Call for Expressions of Interest Letter

(Relevant Funding Partner(s) are shown beside each RD&E priority title)

Priority Titles

Funding Partners

Contemporise fisheries modelling in a multiple use fishery


Post-graduate student funding – Enhancing fisheries science capacity in South Australia


Identifying barriers and opportunities for increased productivity from Commonwealth fisheries


Development of an Indigenous Engagement Strategy for future AFMA engagement with Indigenous fishing interests in Commonwealth fisheries management decisions


Options to implement and effectively monitor individual season catch limits in the Tasmanian recreational rock lobster fishery


Wider investigation of the use of video survey techniques to determine scallop abundance in both inshore and closed areas


Responding to unintended consequences – evaluating changes to fisheries under ITQ systems


Coping with change: understanding decision making for business transition in response to fisheries management  


New market opportunities from fishing and seafood


Contextualising shellfish food safety in Northern Australia


Assessing the relevance of key coastal habitats and habitat–related ecological processes, such as tidal inundation and seasonal flooding, to fisheries production and sustainability


Defining the spatial distribution of Moreton Bay bugs, Thenus parindicus and Thenus australiensis, for stock assessment and improved management


Habitat ecological risk assessment for eco-regions with high trawl footprints


Understanding the extent of depredation

WA RAC, Qld RAC, Recfishing Research Subprogram

Aquatic animal welfare – a review of guidance documents and legislation

National Priority 1

Developing and adopting biodegradable seafood and bait packaging

Recfishing Research Subprogram


Nominated People Development Opportunities for Investment

(Relevant Funding Partner(s) are shown beside each RD&E priority title)


Funding Partners

Enhancing professional capacity in marine economics and social sciences: Conference bursaries for fisheries and aquaculture professional staff


Enhancing research capacity in marine economics and social sciences: post graduate research student support


People Development – RAC supported

All RACs