When formulating its recommendations for the Trustees, the Research Committee particularly favours activities that seem likely to lead to improved systems of managing land, water, plants and animals in ways which will enhance the productivity and quality of food, fisheries, plants and forests, while simultaneously conserving the natural environment, preserving biodiversity, avoiding pollution of soils and water, and enhancing human welfare. In assessing applications for new projects, scientific merit is of paramount importance.

As at November, 2016, the Foundation had funded 135 completed projects with grants totalling $8,615,760.
43 current projects are presently being funded with grants totalling $3,015,856.

Phylogenetic patterns in snow gums are being studied as indicators of of past cold-climate refugia in south-east Australia. Click here to read more about this HSF-supported research.