The annual income from the Fund is distributed as follows:
Up to $10,000 is available annually to support the research of a senior scientist at a university, Crown Research Institute, polytechnic or other research organisation in New Zealand, and that of their research group.
Up to $8,000 is available annually to support the preparation of scientific books and relevant publications.
Environmental science award for protection of the New Zealand environment, awarded every three years.
The Royal Society of New Zealand Council agreed to discontinue the Charles Fleming Travel Fund at the end of 2011. There were so many applications for so little funding that it was considered best to discontinue the travel funds and increase the funding of the Publishing Award.