National Environmental Science Program (NESP) 2

Category Scientific Research

Status Closed

Delivered on behalf of Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Selection Process Open

State/Territory National

Closing Date & Time

PLEASE NOTE: There have a been several impacts to the selection process in the last two months, and as a result we are now expecting announcements of the new hubs to be made towards the end of 2020.  After the assessment of applications has been completed, final recommendations will be subject to Ministerial approval. The Community Grants Hub will notify applicants of the outcome of the selection process once finalised.

A new earliest start date will be advised closer to the finalisation of the selection process.

The Australian Government is inviting applications via a targeted competitive process to apply to contribute to outcomes under the National Environmental Science Program (NESP 2) from the second half of 2020 through to June 2027.

NESP 2 represents a $149 million investment by the Australian Government in applied environmental science to support decision-makers from across the Australian community, including Indigenous communities, build resilience while achieving positive environmental, social and economic outcomes. The program represents a critical cross-cutting enabler that provides the evidence base for the design, delivery and on-ground monitoring of core Government environmental commitments and the basis for long-term environmental programs.

The program will consist of multi-disciplinary research hubs or consortia hosted by Australian research institutions with national capability and be delivered where appropriate through regional nodes.

NESP 2 will deliver applied scientific knowledge, decision tools and practical management options to support environmental commitments made by all levels of Government and other end-users.

More information

More information about the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) 2, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following grant opportunity documents:

  • Message from the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment, about the National Environmental Science Program
  • Grant Opportunity Guidelines
  • Questions and Answers
  • High level research vision template
  • CV’s for key personnel template
  • Hub research scope overviews
  • Sample Commonwealth Grant Agreement – NESP 2
  • Application Preview

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Contacting the Community Grants Hub

If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email

More information about the Community Grants Hub can be found on the Community Grants Hub website.

Please quote 2019-3135 – National Environmental Science Program (NESP) 2 when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.

Grant Opportunity Documents