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Research Grants Program 2022

WIRES committed $1.5 million dollars to a three-year Research Grants Program to be rolled out from 2022-2024. The WIRES Research Grants Program (WIRES RGP) is designed to address the significant knowledge gaps surrounding Australian wildlife and their habitats, to improve long-term outcomes nationally for all native species. For more information and application details, view the WIRES Research Grant Program overview. WIRES Research Grants Program overview.

Across 5 states there were 12 successful projects in 2022.

2022 - Successful Grant Recipients and Projects


  • Can plant volatiles and bedding material attract Australian birds and mammals to nest boxes and chainsaw hollows? - Charles Sturt University
  • Building an evidence-base to inform post-fire wildlife provisioning of food and water - Taronga Conservation Society Australia
  • Koalas, genotyping, trackers, and drones: Using thermal imaging, novel VHF/GPS tracking technology and genotyping to enhance post-release outcomes for rehabilitated koalas and support the recovery of the Port Stephens koala population - University of Newcastle
  • Habitat restoration for threatened bats in critically endangered woodland - University of Sydney
  • Eyes and ears on recovery: developing a smart sensor network for post-megafire biodiversity recovery - University of Sydney


  • Reducing tick paralysis mortalities in the endangered spectacled flying fox - University of QLD
  • Development and Validation of a Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Diagnostic Assay for Rapid Detection of the Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Frogs - Currumbin Wildlife Hospital (LCI) & University of QLD


  • Securing the health and viability of koala populations in post-fire landscapes - Flinders University
  • Gastrointestinal microbiome changes with the onset and progression of the disease oxalate nephrosis in koalas - University of Adelaide


  • DNA demography for evidence-based seabird recovery - University of Tasmania


  • Quantifying harmful lead exposure in Australian raptors - University of Melbourne
  • Rapid diagnostic testing for a severe lizard respiratory virus - University of Melbourne

WIRES is proud to be able to support these fantastic groups and projects, and we look forward to sharing the project updates and outcomes as they take place.


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