Calling all scientists!
The Queensland and Australian Government wants you!
The Government has launched a 2 million dollar challenge to encourage scientists to find new ways of restoring our precious and critical Great Barrier Reef.
"This is an open invitation to our greatest scientific minds, industry and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions which will protect corals and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs," Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg told SBS News.
"The Reef is the planet's greatest living wonder. The scale of the problem is big and big thinking is needed, but it's important to remember that solutions can come from anywhere."
The Great Barrier Reef is in a critical condition after a string of terrible bleaching events that took place between 2016 and 2017, together with the outbreak of crown-of-thorns starfish in the southern reef areas.
Solutions could involve anything from shielding corals from physical stressors or attempting to boost regeneration.
The Queensland Government is desperate to find ways to reverse the long-time damage.
The project is critical for the survival of our Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world that without immediate action is in danger of being lost forever.
To apply for this new government funded challenge visit the Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research Initiative.
More information on the challenge can be found at http://advance.qld.gov.au.