Preconditions for Grants

'SYCACANTHA niphostetha Turner'


Grants can only be provided to eligible organisations as outlined in the Public Ancillary Fund Guidelines 2011. Researchers must have required collecting permits from the relevant state and federal authorities. If material for study is housed in institutional collections evidence must be provided that the researcher will be provided access. On completion of the study, researchers must agree to lodge all holotypes, paratypes and the bulk of other material collected with the ANIC or applicable state museums and to donate any cabinets purchased to the ANIC.

Grants disbursed in 2016

We received five applications for our first funding round and the following three grants were offered and accepted:

1) Thomas Simonsen (Natural History Museum Aarhus, Denmark): Support for colour plates in his volume The splendid Ghost Moths and their allies in Australia (Hepialidae) of the series Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera.

2) Jay Sohn (Mokpo National University, South Korea): Funding to extract accession material and to curate the Yponomeutidae at the ANIC in the context of a taxonomic revision of the Australian Yponomeutidae.

3) Liz Milla (University of Melbourne): Field work support for her Ph. D. project Evolution and Ecology of the Australian Heliozelidae.

All three projects will clearly profit the ANIC, and the Scientific Advisory Committee was delighted at just how much can be done with at the moment still quite moderate funding.

Grants disbursed in 2017

We received three applications for our second funding round and managed to fund all three grants:

1) Liz Milla (University of Melbourne): Support for field work for her Ph.D. project ‘Evolution and Ecology of the Australian Heliozelidae’.

2) Andy Young (Nature Foundation SA): Support for field work for his project ‘Revision of the False Boronia Moths (Yponomeutidae, Praydinae) of Western Australia.

3) Adam Kiss (University of Debrecen, Hungary): Curating and extracting material from the ANIC for his project ‘Reviewing the Australian Acronictinae species with regard to the revision of Craniophora’.

Grants disbursed in 2018

We received only two applications for the third funding round, and they were both funded:

1) Timothy Lee (with support by Andrew Mitchell) (Australian Museum, Sydney): Phylogeny and taxonomic review of Bathytricha Turner 1920 and Australian species of Acrapex Hampson 1894 (Noctuidae: Amphipyrinae (of Checklist): Apameini).

2) Adam Kiss (University of Debrecen, Hungary): Taxonomic study on the Australian Acronictinae and Amphipyrinae species (Noctuidae).

Grants disbursed in 2019

1)Peter Mackey (CSIRO ANIC): Support for visiting the Australian Museum for his revision of the Australian Lymantriinae for a Monograph volume.

2) Michael Moore and Ethan Beaver (South Australian Museum, Adelaide): Support for visiting Australian collections for their revision of the ‘oxycanine’ hepialids of Australia.

3) Jon Finch (University of Western Sydney): Funding for field work for his study Epicephala moths (Gracillariidae) and their hosts (Phyllantaceae).

4) Andy Young (Nature Foundation SA Inc.): Funding for field work on Micropterigidae in WA.

5) Georgina Binns (Macquarie University): Contribution towards molecular taxonomic resolution of the Amata nigriceps complex

Grants disbursed in 2020

1) Jon Finch (Western Sydney University): Funding for field and lab work for his study on Epicephala moths (Gracillariidae) and their hosts (Phyllantaceae).

2) Peter McQuillan (Tasmanian Land Conservancy): Funding for field work for a revision of the Gallaba group (Notodontidae).

3) Peter Mackey: Funding for visit to the ANIC to dissect lymantriine types borrowed from The Natural History Museum, London, which have to be dissected at the ANIC.

Obviously, any parts of these projects involving travel could not be undertaken within the projected time frame.

Grants disbursed in 2021


1) Peter McQuillan (Tasmania Land Conservancy): An enduring enigma: towards a resolution of the Common Gum Emerald.


2) Ted Edwards, Glenn Cocking, Suzi Bond and Andras Keszei (ANIC, CSIRO): Publication of a field guide to the moths of the ANIC.


3) Georgina Binns (Macquarie University): Understanding warning signal mimicry.

Call for Grant Applications 2022

We are pleased to announce grants of up to $4500 from the Perpetual Foundation - Australian Lepidoptera Research Endowment (ALRE) for the financial year July 2022 to 2023, and we are inviting applications.​


Any lepidopterist, amateur or professional, working on the Australian fauna, is eligible to apply for any of the activities considered for support listed on the ALRE website:

To be eligible, grants can only be handled by organisations that hold Australian Taxation Office Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR1) endorsement (covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997). Further documentation may be requested during the selection process to confirm an organisation’s eligibility.


The application form can be found on the ALRE website and should be submitted by 1 March 2022 by email to

Selection Process

The applications will be assessed by the Scientific Advisory Committee and a recommendation with applications to be funded from the ALRE will be made to the trustee in April 2022. Successful applicants will be advised by the trustee by 30 June 2022 and the grant will be disbursed to the eligible beneficiaries.

For queries please contact Marianne Horak  Tel. 0417494389 

Please download the application form here:  Application Form