Rebecca Barnes
National Grants Manager - Adelaide

Rebecca is devoted to her clients and their delivery of pioneering products, cutting-edge technology and impact-oriented projects. 

Her job is to connect these companies with the funding they need to change the world, and she is passionate about their success.

Before joining RSM, Rebecca worked at a top consulting firm, supporting hundreds of Australian companies across the defence, space, manufacturing, energy and resources, health, infrastructure, agricultural technologies, financial technologies, Indigenous business, local council, and not-for-profit sectors.

Prior to this, she worked on water supply and wastewater engineering projects, including as a researcher and advisor for international organisations, and as an engineering lecturer at the University of NSW.

Rebecca knows how to prepare a compelling grant submission and has a track record of success. She combines commercial acumen with deep technical expertise and strong project management skills.

"Preparing a compelling grant submission requires strong project management, clarity of expression, and honest, professional, fact-based communication. Most of all, it requires a passion for the success of the project, which drives a willingness to go the extra mile for the client."

One of Rebecca's true affections and motivations is her advocation for clean water in the poorest parts of the world.

She is also an avid muso who enjoys leading music teams for local church events.



  •   Tony Santin Client Service Award
  •   The Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Award
  •   The Australian Institute of Engineers Student Of The Year
  •   The UNSW Award for Contribution to Communal Life
  •   University Medal in Environmental Engineering
  •   The Sydney Water Gold Medal
  •   The Michael Braund Award for Community Service


  •   Preparing a successful submission for over $20 million in Federal funding for a new defence precinct
  •   Preparing a successful submission for $11 million in Federal and Territory funding for a new lithium mining operation
  •   Obtained $3 million in grant funding to enable an industry and university collaboration to commercialise cutting-edge plastic recycling technology
  •   Coordinating multiple successful funding applications to support Indigenous communities across NSW
  •   Prepared multiple funding applications for a remote South Australian ISG project, resulting in >$10 million in Government funding


  •   Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering - University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  •   Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental; Hons1; University Medal) - UNSW