| September 12, 2018

Calling young agricultural innovators in Murray

• 2019 Science and Innovation Awards recognise big ideas that contribute to the success of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors
• Applications are now open to young Australian researchers, innovators and scientists
• Chance to share in $286,000 with grants of up to $22,000 across 13 industry categories

Young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers from across the Murray electorate are invited to submit their agricultural research project ideas for a chance to share in up to $286,000 in grant funding.

The Science and Innovation Awards recognise the ideas of Australia innovative 18-35 year olds, helping them turn them into reality.

Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP urged passionate young people to put their ideas forward for improving the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of their industries.

“Many of the best new ideas come directly from passionate young people already working in those industries,” Mr Drum said

“The Goulburn and Murray Valleys have a wealth of young talent on our orchards, dairy farms, grazing properties, vineyards and cropping enterprises that are coming up with innovative ways to boost productivity and sustainability in their chosen fields.

“Each winner from the 13 industry award categories will receive a grant of up to $22,000.

“A $22,000 grant could go a long way to making these ideas a reality, to moving their industries forward and in helping to advance a prosperous career in agriculture.”

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud encouraged young rural innovators to contribute to the future success of Australian agriculture.

“Research and innovation will help us capitalise on global food demand,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Since 2001 the Science and Innovation Awards have helped more than 230 young Aussies their ideas into reality.

“Innovation drives productivity in Australian agriculture and helps us push towards the NFF’s vision of a $100 billion agricultural industry by 2030.”

Applications close on Friday 12 October 2018. The recipients of the awards will be publicly presented as part of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Outlook 2019 conference in Canberra.

For further information on the awards, and on how to apply, visit agriculture.gov.au/scienceawards.

Fast facts
• Since they were launched in 2001, the Science and Innovation Awards have helped more than 230 18-35 year old researchers, innovators and scientists turn their ideas into reality through more than $3.7 million in grant funding.
• 13 industry award categories are available in the 2019 round – cotton, dairy, eggs and poultry (layers), established, new and emerging rural industries, fisheries and aquaculture, forest and wood products, grains, health and biosecurity, meat and livestock, pork, red meat processing, viticulture and oenology, and wool.
• Each award category is supported by the award partners including AgriFutures Australia, Australian Eggs, Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, Australian Wool Innovation, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, Dairy Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Forest & Wood Products Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Meat & Livestock Australia and Wine Australia.
• Winners of the industry category Science Awards are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources’ Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project.


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