Over the past 12 months, the Travel and International Learning & Development (ILD) program areas have been closed while they underwent a review. This review has now been completed and the Board have decided to permanently close both the Travel and ILD program areas.
Travel grants have been awarded by the Foundation since 1964. The Foundation is proud to have been a leader in opening up this area of international training, experience and exchange for researchers. For many years, this grantmaking reflected the lack of opportunities for talented young Australian researchers and scientists to travel overseas to network and present at international conferences. Today, such opportunities are much more readily available.
The Foundation remains committed to finding new and profound ways to support and develop the research capacity of Australia. Hence, over the past decade, support for early career and established researchers has consolidated through a range of Science and Environment & Conservation Research Fellowships such as the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Doctoral Fellowships, the Ian Potter Fellowship in Landscape Conservation (Wentworth Group), the Australian Landscape Trust Early Career Ecologist and The Ian Potter Fellowships for Biodiversity Research (Museums Victoria). The Foundation has also supported several fellowships via its Arts and Education programs.
The International Learning & Development grants were formally established in 2015 and intended to provide senior staff in not-for-profits (NFP) the opportunity to travel overseas to visit like-minded organisations to learn international best practice in their relevant areas. A key criterion of these grants was the requirement for the recipients to disseminate their learnings throughout their sectors once they returned.
The Foundation suspended this program in early 2018 as only seven grants had been awarded to date. A review has shown that along with a low number of applicants, most applications failed to meet the criteria of dissemination. Therefore, the Board has decided to close this program area permanently.
Closure of these program areas reflects the Foundation’s continuous evaluation of its grantmaking and the overarching strategy to focus its grantmaking to achieve the greatest impact.