2019 Science Award Partners

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AgriFutures Australia

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AgriFutures Australia is the new trading name for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Our vision is to grow the long-term prosperity of Australian rural industries by investing in:

  • Initiatives that attract capable people into careers in agriculture, build the capability of future rural leaders, and support change makers and thought leaders.
  • Research and analysis to understand and address important issues on the horizon for Australian agriculture.
  • Research and development for established industries that do not have their own Research and Development Corporation (RDC), including the rice, chicken meat, honey bee and pollination, thoroughbred horse, pasture seeds, export fodder, ginger and tea tree oil industries.
  • Research and development to accelerate the establishment and expansion of new rural industries, such as deer, buffalo, kangaroo and camel milk.

A complete list of industries in the AgriFutures Australia portfolio is available on the website.

AgriFutures Australia invites applications from young people that will further our knowledge and understanding of innovations that could contribute to the growth and development of Australia’s rural industries. Applications should align with the AgriFutures Australia Strategic R&D Plan 2017-2022, available at the AgriFutures Australia website.


Australian Eggs

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Australian Eggs is a member owned not-for-profit company providing marketing and research & development (R&D) services for the benefit of Australian egg farmers.

Working together with the egg industry and the Australian Government, Australian Eggs strives to deliver value to industry and the public by investing in programs that increase egg consumption and ensure industry sustainability.

All known Australian egg farmers are serviced by Australian Eggs, irrespective of their size, location or farming system.

Australian Eggs conducts R&D across a wide range of topic areas including:

  • Feed and hen nutrition
  • Flock health and disease management
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Food safety and human nutrition
  • Animal welfare
  • Extension, adoption and technology transfer.

We welcome applications from young people that will further our knowledge, solve problems and deliver solutions to industry in these areas. Applications should align with the Australian Eggs Strategic Plan 2017-2021, available at the Australian Eggs website.


Australian Meat Processor Corporation

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The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) is the rural Research and Development Corporation that supports the red meat processing industry throughout Australia. AMPC’s mandate is to provide research, development and extension services that improve the sustainability and efficiency of the sector.

Red meat processor levies are strategically invested in research, development and extension programs that are aligned to targeted marketing initiatives. These programs deliver outcomes and benefits for both the Australia red meat processing industry and the broader Australia community.

Visit the Australian Meat Processor Corporation website.


Australian Pork Limited

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The Australian pork industry continually strives for innovative ways to increase on-farm productivity and profitability, enhance consumer demand for Australian pork in domestic and international markets and uphold world renowned biosecurity practices. To support and ensure the future of this industry, Australian Pork Limited delivers integrated marketing, policy and research and innovation services on behalf of Australian pork producers. APL invests millions of dollars each year in innovative, new technologies and practices to improve productivity, welfare, biosecurity and environmental sustainability and provide safe, high quality pork product to our customers.

Visit the Australian Pork Limited website.


Australian Wool Innovation Limited

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Australian Wool Innovation is responsible for delivering the research, development, extension and marketing functions for the Australian wool industry. In carrying out this role, AWI invests along the global supply chain for Australian wool – from woolgrowers to consumers – to deliver outcomes that benefit Australian woolgrowers.

Project areas for applicants should focus on the strategies and programs identified in the AWI 2016/17 – 2018/19 Strategic Plan. Only RD&E projects will be considered.

Visit the Australian Wool Innovation Limited website.



Cotton Research and Development Corporation

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The 2019 Science and Innovation Awards are supported by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) as part of its commitment to investing in world-leading research, development and extension (RD&E) for Australia’s dynamic cotton industry.

CRDC invests along the entire cotton supply chain - from the farm to the customer. One of CRDC’s core focus areas under its new Strategic RD&E Plan 2018-23 is its investment in building the adaptive capacity of its people – enhancing cotton’s scientific research capability, acquiring new talent, and facilitating the local and global exchange of ideas. As such, CRDC supports and rewards young scientists for their exploration of concepts and creation of new knowledge in the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs – like the 2017 Science and Innovation Award recipient Dr Priscilla Johnston who is helping cotton growers make the most of available water resources through the introduction of a new ‘smart’ polymer; and the 2018 recipient Rhys Pirie, who is helping growers optimise resource efficiency and improve their environmental impact through his focus on re-purposing organic wastes, such as cotton gin trash.

CRDC strongly believes in investing in the cotton industry’s most important resource – people – to help it achieve its vision: powering the success of Australian cotton through world-leading RD&E. For more, visit the Cotton Reserach and Development Corporation website.


CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

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With increasing global trade and greater connections, Australia is facing a growing challenge to guard against biosecurity threats. Diseases, pests, invasive animals and plants can inflict damage to our crops, livestock and farm profits, and unique environment, while emerging infectious disease threaten human health.

CSIRO assembles strong multi-disciplinary research teams tackle major national and international biosecurity challenges. In doing so we're protecting the health of our farming sector, environment, people, and our way of life.

We are working with government and industry to assist in responding quickly to stop threats in their tracks and provide sustainable management strategies. We are exploring new technologies for detection, surveillance, diagnosis and response for invasive organisms, while also lifting preparedness for the next human pandemic.

Overall we aim for a biosecurity system that is pre-emptive, responsive, resilient, and based on cutting edge surveillance, informatics and new technologies for integrated response. Visit the CSIRO Health and Biosecurity website.


Dairy Australia

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Dairy Australia is the national services body for the dairy industry, whose primary responsibility is to support and facilitate the development of a profitable dairy business sector.

To this end Dairy Australia invests in research, development and extension programs and activities on behalf of dairy levy payers, returning an estimated $3 benefit for every $1 levy dollar raised.

Dairy Australia funds a range of pre-competitive programs that are critical to the future of the industry. Many of these activities would not occur without the critical mass of funds created by pooling levies and government funds. Typical programs include RD&E in the areas of animals, feeding and breeding science and technology and their adoption by dairy farmers; enhancing people capability; trade and regulatory support and pre-competitive dairy marketing and promotion.

A $13 billion farm, manufacturing and export industry, dairy is the third largest Australian rural industry by value.  Australia produces around 9 billion litres of milk a year, 34% of which is exported predominantly to Asian countries. This accounts for 6% of world dairy trade valued at $3 billion. The remaining 67% of Australia’s milk is consumed in the domestic market. 

Australia’s dairy industry is recognised globally for its excellence in innovation with productivity increasing significantly through improved pasture, feed, herd management and efficiency gains in manufacturing, distribution and exports. The industry encourages and nurtures young innovators and offers them exciting career prospects.

The Science and Innovation Award is an example of awards which have encouraged innovative individuals to pursue rewarding dairy careers. Further information is available on the Dairy Australia website.


Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

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The FRDC’s vision is for Australia to have vibrant fishing and aquaculture adopting world-class research to achieve sustainability and prosperity.

The FRDC recognises that it is vitally important to support young people to develop the knowledge and capabilities to assist the fishing industry to reach its potential. The fishing industry faces challenges, but it also has many opportunities to build a rewarding career.

We are working with a diverse, complex and geographically dispersed group of stakeholders across fishing and aquaculture in Australia. The person we are looking to receive an FRDC sponsored award will have a great idea, will bring knowledge and innovation to deliver results including increased economic, social and environmental benefits to our stakeholders, and the wider community.

Further your interest in science, and be keen to use this opportunity to build your networks with other researchers, fishing and aquaculture businesses and the FRDC.  We encourage applicants to obtain a copy of the FRDC’s RD&E Plan 2015-2020 by phoning our office on 02 6285 0400 or visit the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation website.


Forest & Wood Products Australia

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Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA) is a not-for-profit company that provides national, integrated research and development services to the Australian forest and wood products industry. We are committed to helping the forest and wood products industry to be collaborative, innovative, sustainable and competitive against other industries and products available in the marketplace. We support research and development that promotes internationally competitive and environmentally sustainable practices. We promote activities that enhance employment opportunities and contribute to growing Australia’s reputation as an innovative producer of high-quality forest and wood products. The goal of all our initiatives is to further develop the thriving and sustainable forest and wood products industry by growing the market, improving efficiencies and increasing profitability. For more information visit the Forest & Wood Products Australia website.


Grains Research & Development Corporation

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The grains industry plays a vital role in Australia’s economy, comprising 29% ($18 billion) of the total value of farm production in 2016-17.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) supports the industry through investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.

The GRDC invests over $198 million in world leading research, development and extension projects to directly address constraints and capture opportunities in grain production systems and value chains.

Within a carefully balanced portfolio, there is a range of investments from long-term, high risk, ‘blue-sky’ research to short-term, outcome focused applied research at the local level. Growers, researchers and key industry stakeholders have assisted the GRDC in identifying 30 key investment targets which address the key profit drivers of yield, price, cost (on farm and post farm gate) and the effective management of risk.

The GRDC partners with research organisations which deliver the world’s greatest expertise to deliver the best RD&E outcomes for Australian grain growers.

Vist the Grains Research & Development Corporation website.


Meat & Livestock Australia

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Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) purpose is to foster the long-term prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry by investing in research and marketing activities. Through its subsidiary companies, MLA also accelerates innovation across the value chain and delivers the industry’s integrity and on-farm quality assurance programs.

Our vision is to be the recognised leader in delivering world-class research, development and marketing outcomes that benefit the Australian red meat and livestock industry. 

Our mission is to collaborate with stakeholders to invest in research, development and marketing initiatives that contribute to producer profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness. 

Visit the Meat & Livestock Australia website.

Wine Australia

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Australian wine is authentic, exciting and bold – just like the people who create it.

With a vision for Australia to be recognised as the world’s pre-eminent wine producer, Wine Australia supports the Australian grape and wine community by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E); encouraging growth in domestic and international markets and protecting the reputation of Australian wine.

We are funded by grapegrowers and winemakers through levies and export charges, and by the Australian Government, which provides matching funding for R&D investments.

Our support of the Science and Innovation Awards is one example of our commitment to the development of the next generation of researchers, experts and leaders who will help to drive the Australian grape and wine community's future.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Wine Australia website and view the priorities and strategies outlined in our Strategic Plan 2015–2020 when developing applications. ​​​​

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Last reviewed:
06 Sep 2018