#Current opportunities

Please check the next available grant rounds under the Reef Trust Partnership below.

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#Integrated Monitoring and Reporting: Critical Monitoring Stage 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an EOI template form to help me understand what to include and the level of detail expected?

This is the initial stage and we are not expecting detailed proposals or methodology. The purpose of the EOI is to collect initial information on activities aligned with the 11 prioritisation areas that you would like to conduct or be involved in.

To help you frame your application we have prepared a guidelines document and an EOI application template (accessible when you register for the Tenders section above. The application template provides ½ page text boxes for each selection criterion and 300-400 words is the maximum detail expected. Detailed proposal development will commence after EOI selection.

Can we start an application and come back to it once we have more details on what the application is asking for?

Yes, the EOI application is a Word Document that you can save to your computer and complete in your own time. All submissions must be made by uploading your completed EOI Application document via the TendersNet portal above (or follow the link below).

We will only accept applications that have been submitted via TendersNet.

Can we list more than one role in the EOI application?

Yes, but we want you to focus on your preferred role. We expect applications to nominate their preferred role with a rationale. However, there is space on the application form under heading 2.3 to list other roles you are interested in if your preferred role is not successful. If you are successful and progress to the design and planning stage, there will be a GBRF-led process by which prospective providers are brought together and their respective roles are clarified.

Should we propose to build collaborative teams and/or partnerships to address the entire EOI, or do we only need to specify what parts of the EOI we think we can deliver on and have the GBRF build collaborative partnerships.

For those wanting to be Project Leads or Project Collaborators, we would like to know about your existing or proposed collaborative networks – you can outline these in section 2.4 of the application template (2 pages max). All prospective partners, irrespective of their role, still have to submit an individual EOI, but they can cross-reference to EOIs of proposed leads, where they have been involved in such discussions.

Those without existing networks or not yet part of collaborative discussions are still encouraged to apply. After the assessment of EOIs, we will facilitate the creation of collaborative teams for successful EOIs. The refinement of partnerships for each monitoring activity will be undertaken in the Stage 3 design and planning phase.

All applicants should focus on addressing the selection criteria in Section 3.2 of the template, rather than providing a detailed Section 2.4 (Methodology).

Should the EOI involve Traditional Owners and non-for-profits?

We encourage early engagement with Traditional Owners and non-for-profits and for this to be indicated in the EOIs where possible. Traditional Owner partners mentioned in EOI applications also need to submit an EOI. We will also engage our Traditional Owner project team in the scoping of activities to identify involvement opportunities across applications.

We understand that some applicants may not have existing networks with Traditional Owners. Therefore, EOIs that do not specify Traditional Owner engagement will not be precluded. We will support Traditional Owner involvement at the planning and design stage where appropriate.

If a Traditional Owner group wants to be part of a project, would they have to apply for a separate EOI? Does the contract have to be between Reef Trust and each organization?

Yes, we strongly encourage application from Traditional Owners for those activities in which they wish to be participating, defining in what role they would like to participate. Contractually, each monitoring activity will be contracted out to the designated project lead/organisation and all other parties, including Traditional Owner groups, would be subcontracted by the lead entity.

In terms of co-funding contributions, would the value of volunteer labour (such as from citizen scientists contributing data), count toward this?

Yes, volunteer labour is eligible to be counted as co-contribution. We typically value this at $41.72/hour as per Australian Bureau of Statistics figures (unless you have alternative rationalised valuation approach).

Can we submit an EOI for Stage 2 as a sole trader who is willing to partner with others or should we be aligned with an institution or university?

Yes, you can submit your EOI as sole trader. In stage 3 (design and planning phase) we will look at what best configurations of providers in their respective roles meets the requirements of each monitoring activity most effectively and efficiently.

For priority #9 (capacity/effectiveness) and #10 (Stewardship) are activities in the GBR Catchment in scope?

Monitoring activities #9 (capacity/effectiveness) and #10 (stewardship) relate to the whole Great Barrier Reef region. In so far as actions in catchments relate back to reef health, these activities need to capture such linkages. Conversely, focusing exclusively on catchments is too narrow. The main intent here is to link human dimensions aspects across the Great Barrier Reef region.

Will activities targeting coastal ecosystems be eligible?

Coastal ecosystems are not explicitly stated in the priority areas. There may be scope to include coastal activities if there are clear links to a priority area.

Note, there might be future funding opportunities for coastal ecosystem activities under the Water Quality Program.

#Briefing Session: 15 March 2021