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Less than one month to go! Grant applications closing for innovative agricultural projects

Do you have a research project with the potential to provide a solution to a long-term issue facing the Australian agricultural industry?

With individual grants of up to $22,000 on offer, young Australian agricultural innovators are encouraged to apply for the 2022 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Applications close at 5pm AEST on Friday 1 October 2021.

Dr Jared Greenville, ABARES Executive Director in the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, said the awards fund innovative projects that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s projects and supporting the emerging careers of our young agricultural innovators as they bring fresh thinking to industry issues,” Dr Greenville said.

“We receive applications from young producers, scientists, researchers and others active in the agriculture sector from around Australia.”

Award categories include biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; forest and wood products; grains; horticulture; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

“The contribution from our industry partners in supporting each of the 12 Award categories is an essential part of the success of the grant program, and I thank them for their continued support and investment,” Dr Greenville said.

The Science and Innovation Awards is a competitive grants program open to 18-35 year olds to undertake new and creative scientific-based research to benefit Australia’s agricultural industries.

There are 12 individual award categories available, each with a $22,000 grant, with the opportunity to share in up to $264,000 in grants.

Source: ABARES