The UN Decade of Ocean Science - Support

Applications ARE NOW CLOSED - Western Australian Marine Research Challenge in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science
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The Western Australian Government has committed to supporting a marine science project that addresses local marine research priorities and addresses one or more of the Challenges identified in the United Nations Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Expressions Of Interest ARE NOW CLOSED.  Please direct inquiries by email to:

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) has consulted with other Western Australian Government agencies to identify a number of priority marine science challenges. We invite research institutions to submit an Expression of Interest using the template provided if they wish to help tackle one or more of the challenges outlined below:

Marine Challenge #1: What are the best ways for Western Australian institutions, systems and scientists, traditional owners, Aboriginal communities, custodians, and proponents of development proposals to work together to build the coastal and marine knowledge base needed for marine science and shared custodianship in marine resource management?

Challenge Overview #1 Indigenous Engagement in the Marine Estate

Marine Challenge #2: Australian ocean climate information, including seasonal forecasts, is produced and made available by a number of organisations however; a gap exists in the synthesis of this information for key regions and marine ecosystems along the Western Australian coastline.

Challenge Overview #2 Marine Heatwave

Marine Challenge #3: Filling key gaps in foundational knowledge to measure and model blue carbon ecosystems to inform policy and management in the Western Australian world heritage marine estate.

Challenge Overview #3 Blue Carbon


Research projects must align with these Western Australian Marine Research priorities.

Stage 1:               Expression of Interest
Open:                   4:00 pm Wednesday 24 November 2021
Closed:                12.00 noon Friday 24 December 2021

Please refer to the Funding Guidelines for eligibility and assessment criteria.

Application forms can be found here at the following link: Grant Application Form (EOI)

For submissions and inquiries please email