Call for pre-proposals for fisheries research in the Torres Strait region 2015/2016

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) provides funding for strategic research projects in Torres Strait fisheries guided by advice from the Torres Strait Scientific Advisory Committee (TSSAC).

The TSSAC is currently seeking research proposals (for up to three years) for recommendation to AFMA and other bodies for funding starting in 2015/2016.

Proposals are encouraged in (but not limited to) priority research areas identified in the TSSAC 2014 Annual Operational Plan for Torres Strait fisheries.

To apply for funding, applicants should prepare a pre-proposal using the TSSAC template and submit via email to alicia.sabatino [at], by 3rd October 2014.

The TSSAC will evaluate pre-proposals based on criteria of attractiveness and feasibility. The specific evaluation criteria used by the TSSAC are detailed in the 2014 Annual Operational Plan. A strong emphasis on assessing proposals will be placed on the ability of research proposals and principal investigators to engage Torres Strait Islanders in the research process in meaningful and culturally appropriate ways including employment.

Researchers will be notified of the TSSAC’s evaluation of proposals in November 2014. Individual applicants may be invited to prepare a full proposal in early 2015 based on evaluation of the pre-proposals.

If you have any further questions regarding the pre proposal process or you require contacts to relevant stakeholders in the communities please feel free to contact Alicia Sabatino on 07 40 691 990.

Guidelines for researchers working in Torres Strait

Torres Strait Islanders final report 2011-808