2021 Science Award Partners
Australian Eggs is a member owned not-for-profit company providing marketing and 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:
- Hen feeding and nutrition
- Biosecurity and Flock health
- Environmental sustainability
- Food safety
- Animal welfare
- Extension, adoption and technology transfer.
Australian Meat Processor Corporation
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, efficiency and profitability 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 Australian red meat processing industry and the broader Australian community.
Visit AMPC’s website for more: www.ampc.com.au.
Australian Pork Limited
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.
Australian Wool Innovation Limited
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 2019/20 – 2021/22 Strategic Plan. Only RD&E projects will be considered.
Cotton Research and Development Corporation
The 2021 Science and Innovation Awards are supported by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) as part of its commitment to investing in world-leading 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 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 2019 recipient Dean Brookes who is helping growers scan their irrigation water for trace amounts of DNA left behind by pests and pathogens - a potential new way to quickly identify difficult-to-find cotton pests; and the 2020 recipient Dr Dinesh Kafle, who is investigating whether cotton plants can be primed with silicon to boost their defences against fusarium wilt and reniform nematode.
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 www.crdc.com.au.
CSIRO Biosecurity digital innovation
With increasing global trade and greater connections, Australia faces growing 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 to tackle major national and international biosecurity challenges. We protect the health of our farming sector, environment, people, and our way of life.
We work with government and industry to assist in responding quickly to stop threats and provide sustainable management strategies. We are exploring new technologies for detection, surveillance, diagnosis and response for invasive organisms, while also lifting preparedness for human pandemics such as COVID-19.
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.
For the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards CSIRO is looking for entrepreneurial ideas that apply digital technologies and approaches to increase the efficiencies of the Australian biosecurity system from prevention through to management including market access and traceability. Applications must:
- involve either a digital technology or approach to increase the efficiency or effectiveness of a currently analogue biosecurity process in government, trade or industry
- develop the idea in the context of the market and customers so that by the end of the award the idea is well positioned to attract incubator funding from a commercialisation pathway program (eg CSIRO On Prime)
Forest and Wood Products Australia
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 Forest and Wood Products Australia’s website fwpa.com.au.
Grains Research and Development Corporation
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 RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.
The GRDC invests over $190 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.Visit grdc.com.au.
Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australia’s $13 billion+ horticulture sector, which is the fastest-growing sector across all of agriculture. Each year the company invests more than $120 million into exciting R&D, trade, extension and marketing initiatives on behalf of Aussie growers and others involved in horticulture. We’re dedicated to providing the best knowledge and solutions to our growers, to in turn drive a prosperous and healthy Australia. More information about the company, how we’re funded, and details of our hundreds of projects can be found at horticulture.com.au.
Meat & Livestock Australia
Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is the marketing, research and development body for Australia’s red meat and livestock industry. MLA is a not-for-profit organisation owned by cattle, sheep and goat producers. It is funded by a levy on livestock sales, with the Australian Government providing matching funds for R&D investment.
MLA’s core focus is to deliver value to the red meat and livestock industry by growing demand for red meat, and by improving profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness.
- To foster the long-term prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry.
- To be the recognised leader in delivering world-class research, development and marketing outcomes that benefit the Australian red meat and livestock industry.
- To collaborate with stakeholders to invest in research, development and marketing initiatives that contribute to producer profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness.
- customer centricity
- accountability through transparency
- outcomes that make a difference.
Australian wine is authentic, exciting and bold – just like the people who create it.
With a goal to support profitable, resilient and sustainable winegrape and wine businesses, Wine Australia invests in research, development and adoption (RD&A) projects; encourages growth in domestic and international markets and protects 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.