The Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal (the Appeal) is an initiative of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (the Program) coordinated by the University of Tasmania (Advancement Office).
The Program is Australia’s official national response to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD 1 and DFTD 2), two extremely unusual contagious cancers ravaging the population of Tasmanian devils. It involves a partnership between the Tasmanian State Government and the University of Tasmania and Australian Zoo and Aquarium Association, backed by the international conservation and wildlife management expert community. The Program is delivered through the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) as well as, wildlife parks and zoos in Australia and international collaborations with research institutions and universities in Australia and overseas.
To help fulfil this vision, the Appeal was created in 2003 to raise funds to support the primary objectives of the Program (as outlined in Section 2.1) and the University continues to manage the fundraising and disbursement for the Appeal.
The Appeal makes funds available through the University of Tasmania’s Advancement Office on receiving advice from the Tasmanian Devil Research Advisory Committee (TDRAC). TDRAC’s grant allocation priorities are established by agreement between the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and the University of Tasmania. Grant applications will be assessed as to whether their purpose aligns closely with those priorities. The Program and the University of Tasmania have agreed on the following research priorities:
- Identify and develop a prophylactic therapy such as a vaccine or immunotherapy for devil facial tumour diseases.
- Quantify the impact of anthropogenic induced threats on the population viability of devils and identify effective methods to mitigate them.
- Identify factors, including new disease outbreaks and habitat continuity, which limit genetic and demographic connectivity across the island of Tasmania.
- Determine the distribution and impact of DFT2.
- Determine if releasing insurance devils into the wild is beneficial, neutral or detrimental to wild devil population dynamics, DFTD epidemiology and evolution of natural disease resistance.
For further information, please see:
- University of Tasmania Scholarships and Prizes Program
- Grant and Scholarship Guidelines (PDF 520KB)
- Grant and Scholarship Application Form (PDF 400KB)
Over $3.5 million has been awarded in grants and scholarships since 2005. See the full list of recipients:
Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Grant
Grants of up to $50,000 are available to assist with research costs for projects endorsed by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. Decisions according to research priorities and as funding allows.
Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Grant - HDR
Grants of up to $25 000 are available to assist with research costs for projects endorsed by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. Decisions according to research priorities and as funding allows.
Dr Eric Guiler Honours Scholarship and the Dr Eric Guiler Tall Foundation Tasmanian Devil Honours Scholarship
Up to two scholarships will be awarded each year by the Tasmanian Devil Research Advisory Committee in recognition of the work of the late Dr Guiler in zoological teaching and research. $5,000 is to support the Honours student and $2,000 to support the research cost associated with their project.
Associate Professor Erik Wapstra
Deputy Associate Dean, Research
College of Sciences and Engineering, University of Tasmania
Dr Rachal Alderman
Manager, Wildlife Management, DPIPWE
Emeritus Professor Greg Woods
Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, DPIPWE
Professor Elissa Cameron
Professor, School of Biological Sciences
University of Canterbury and Zoology and Zoology, University of Tasmania
Associate Director, Philanthropy
Advancement Office, University of Tasmania