Call for pre-proposals for Fisheries Research in the Torres Strait

5 August 2011

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority 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 (up to three years) for recommendation to AFMA and other funding bodies for funding starting in 2012/2013.

Proposals are encouraged in (but not limited to) priority research areas identified in the 2011 Operational Plan for Torres Strait Fisheries.

To apply for funding, applicants should prepare a pre-proposal using the accepted template and submit to TSSAC c/o Rebecca Williams, by 30 August 2011. The pre-proposal template, Annual Operational Plan and other information can be accessed below or by contacting Rebecca Williams (rebecca.williams [at]

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 2011 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 October 2011. Individual applicants may be invited to prepare a full proposal in early 2012 based on evaluation of the pre-proposals.