The Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) and the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) are seeking innovative solutions to quickly restore the ecological functions provided by the Great Barrier Reef.
Innovators can apply for a share of up to $1 million which is available for the Feasibility stage. It is anticipated that a number of solutions will be explored, with individual contracts not expected to exceed $250,000. A further $1 million is available to develop the best solutions through the subsequent Proof of Concept stage.
Applications for the Feasibility stage close at 2.00pm (AEST), Tuesday 6 March 2018 and are open to organisations located anywhere in the world.
The challenge is to quickly restore the ecological functions provided by the Great Barrier Reef through cost-effective methods which protect corals exposed to extreme temperatures and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs after heat wave and storm events.
The basis of this challenge is to develop solutions which support the protection, regeneration and recovery of coral populations on the Great Barrier Reef.