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The ACEAS opportunity was centred around facilitation of solutions to ecosystem science and management questions.

If you had an important question that needed attention, some data that would inform the problem, and people that could be put together to find a solution you could think about support through ACEAS. Application for funding was through the ACEAS web site. When a date was announced, to get a password to the on-line application forms, and to improve your chances of success, interested parties were asked to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for advice and comment before submitting a proposal.



a flow diagram showing process from problem to ACEAS solution


We encouraged groups of scientists and managers expert in relevant aspects in the Australian terrestrial or immediate coastal environment and its management to apply for funding from ACEAS.

If some time for dedicated thinking and analysis with some hand-picked minds would help you reach a new understanding or develop more informed ways of managing our environment, then ACEAS funding was worth considering.


To see the activities that were supported, please go to the Synthesis Groups page.


Read about the outcomes of their work on the Products and Outcomes page as well as on their own Group pages.


What did ACEAS provide?

We financially supported teams to meet for 4-5 days together at least once (Targetted Workshop) or two to three times (Working Group) in a supported ACEAS meeting room. There was an option for a single person (Sabbatical Fellow) to be funded to spend some time working on their own and in association with working groups or workshops on some fundamental data analysis and synthesis studies.


Air fares from your location to the nearest main airport were provided, as were daytime meals and accommodation while they were meeting. We did not provide stipends or sitting fees. We did provide on-line communication tools—so groups did not have to confine their exchange to the meeting time or to a chain of emails—and some data manipulation and analysis support. This environment and support was aimed to allow the participants to concentrate on finding a solution to their problem.


ACEAS did not fund original research, although during the process teams may have hunted for or collated more information, but we aimed to help people on the cusp: have the data (somewhere), now at the 'so what' phase.


For further information on the process, and to obtain access to the on-line submission form, we provided an information page with links.



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