TRENd Seed Research Grants

The Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd) has great pleasure in announcing the TRENd Seed Research Grants for 2016.

This seed research fund will support two seed research projects each year, to maximum value of $6000 each. Applicants are encouraged to  a) work in collaborative teams with other UTAS researchers  and b) seek in-kind or cash support from relevant industry partners to further support their research.

The vision of TRENd is to strengthen tourism research linkages across the University of Tasmania and to extend these linkages to the tourism industry.  This seed research fund has been designed in conjunction with TRENd’s strategic research partners: The Parks and Wildlife Service; the Department of State Growth and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG). It has been designed to stimulate new research that will:

  1. enhance the tourism research output from UTAS researchers;
  2. be of relevance to the Tasmanian and/ or broader tourism industry; and
  3. encourage new collaborative research projects between researchers at UTAS and tourism industry partners.

TRENd, in conjunction with its Strategic Research partners,  have identified 4 core areas and possible topics, which have been recognized as priority theme areas for tourism research. These are:

  1. Nature based tourism, wilderness tourism and tourism in protected areas.
  2. Cultural and Heritage Tourism.
  3. The Tasmanian Visitor Experience.
  4. Blue Skies Research.

Researchers are encouraged to submit applications for research which may not fit within the above themes, but has direct industry relevance.

Closing date: COB  September 30th 2016

The application form for the TRENd Seed Research Grant can be downloaded here [.docx 40kb].

If you need any further information, please contact the Director of TRENd, Anne Hardy at