The Australian Research Council (ARC) will fund a new research initiative, the PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) Remediation Research Program (the Program) through the ARC’s Special Research Initiatives scheme. Up to $13 million in total funding is available to support a range of research projects.  

Scope

The Special Research Initiative: PFAS Remediation Research Program aims to facilitate the development of innovative technologies to investigate and remediate PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) contaminated media including soil and other solid contaminated debris, groundwater, waterways and marine systems.

Announcements

On Friday, 10 August 2018, The Turnbull Government announced new funding outcomes for Round 1 of $8.2 million for the PFAS Remediation Research Program. Project details are available from the ARC’s dynamic Funding Announcements web page.

On Wednesday, 10 October 2018 Round Two of the Special Research Initiative: PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) Remediation Research Program was opened. $4.8 million of funding was made available for this round.

For more information about Round Two of the Special Research Initiative: PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) Remediation Research Program, please visit GrantConnect.

For more information about PFAS, please visit the Australian Government’s PFAS website

Factsheet—PFAS Grant Opportunity 

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What is the PFAS Remediation Research Program?

The PFAS Remediation Research Program (the Program) aims to facilitate the development of innovative technologies to investigate and remediate PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) contaminated media including soil and other solid contaminated debris, groundwater, waterways and marine systems.

What type of activities will this grant fund?

The Program is intended to fund research to:

  • minimise PFAS in the environment;
  • develop effective technologies that can be applied to remediate PFAS contaminated soil, waterways, waste, debris and/or large volumes of groundwater; and
  • develop options and mechanisms through which these effective technologies can be applied in the field.

When did applications open?

10 October 2018.

When do applications close?

14 February 2019 5.00 pm (AEDT).

Who can apply for this grant?

An Application may only be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation listed in the Grant Guidelines. Please note that an application must nominate at least one Australian Partner Organisation.

What are ineligible activities for this grant?

The following activities are ineligible for funding:

  • construction of high temperature incineration facilities (thermal breakdown of PFAS could be included as part of a modular solution to remediating waste streams);
  • ecotoxicology capability building;
  • detection and monitoring of PFAS, except for validation purposes within a Project;
  • Medical Research as defined in the ARC Medical Research Policy available on the ARC website; and
  • the same research activities or Project previously funded or currently being funded through any other Commonwealth funding.

How much can I apply for?

Grant applications can be for a minimum of $50,000 up to a maximum of $1 million per year.

What is the grant activity timeframe?

The grant period per project is for a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years.