Money for grower groups

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Australian one-dollar coins sit with a collection of bank notes arranged for a photograph, in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. Australia's central bank may need to resume increasing the developed world's highest borrowing costs to keep inflation from accelerating as a mining boom intensifies, according to the International Monetary Fund. Photographer: Sergio Dionisio/Bloomberg
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Incorporated grower groups could snag up to $500,000 for research and development through a State Government bursary.

Applications are now open for round two of the Grower Group Research and Development Grants.

A total $10.5 million is up for grabs with windfalls varying between $20,000 and $500,000.

The previous round last year dished out $6.7 million to 20 agriculture-research projects.

The research program is designed to stimulate innovation along supply and value chains in order for agricultural exports to remain competitive.

Grants are only open to WA-based, incorporated grower groups, and not-for profit, farmer-driven organisations with an Australian Business Number.

While commercial companies, non-agricultural non-for-profits and public sector research institutions cannot apply alone, collaboration is encouraged.

Projects must be completed before March 31 2019.

The project forms part of the Department of Agriculture and Food’s $22.1 million Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund.

A two-stage selection process will be used with the first, expressions of interest, assessed by a selection panel which will recommend a short list.

The second stage will enable short listed applicants to submit a detailed proposal for assessment by the panel.

Expressions of interest close Friday February 10.

Applications must be submitted through the Department’s SmartyGrants program on its website www.agric.smartygrants.com.au

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