Research grants for youth in agriculture

The grants are open until October 4.
Camera IconThe grants are open until October 4. Credit: Danella Bevis

Australia’s young agricultural innovators, scientists and researchers wanting to make a difference in agriculture can submit their innovative agricultural research project ideas for a chance to receive a share in up to $242,000 in grants.

Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie urged 18–35 year old innovators to undertake new and creative research to help agricultural industries to overcome industry challenges and to realise its potential.

“Australia is a world leader in agricultural innovation, and ingenuity has allowed Australian agricultural industries to become more competitive, resilient, productive and profitable, and to overcome barriers to growth,” she said.

“Our continued advancement is this area is needed more than ever.

“Many of these ideas come from young people working or studying in the industry, and the Science and Innovation Award grants aim to support early career researchers, scientists and other innovators to develop new approaches to industry issues.”

Ms McKenzie said one grant recipient would receive the Minister’s Award for an extended research project.

“The depth of scientific research underway in our research institutions has a very practical application in addressing long term challenges to increasing productivity for our primary industries,” she said.

“It is inspiring work and I look forward to seeing this type of innovation on farm.

“I encourage passionate young people who are studying or working in these fields to submit the projects they have to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of their industries.”

Last year’s special Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Award recipient, Dr Kateryna Bazaka of the Australian National University was recognised for her project which investigated integrated electric discharges and aquaculture for abattoir wastewater treatment.

Award categories include eggs and poultry, red meat processing, pork, wool, cotton, biosecurity and digital innovation, fisheries and aquaculture, forest and wood products, grains, meat and livestock, and viticulture and oenology.

Applications close at 5pm on October 4.

The awards will be presented at the ABARES Outlook 202 conference in Canberra.

Since 2001, the Science and Innovation Awards have helped 250 young researchers, innovators and scientists turn their ideas into reality through $4 million in funding.

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