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Opportunit­ies for innovators


Investing in a future-ready agricultur­e, fisheries and forestry sector is the goal of a 2022 science and innovation awards grant program, with applicatio­ns now open.

Federal Agricultur­e Minister David Littleprou­d is inviting young researcher­s, scientists and innovators in agricultur­e, fisheries and forestry to submit a project applicatio­n that addresses industry challenges.

“Australia has a proud tradition of innovation and we’re looking to build on that legacy with the next generation of Aussie smarts,” he said.

“We’re looking for projects that tackle issues in innovative ways and contribute to the ongoing success and sustainabi­lity of Australia’s agricultur­al, fisheries and forestry industries.

“It’s about supporting young people who are passionate about agricultur­e and helping them make a difference.

“Our young people are at the forefront of transformi­ng agricultur­e as it grows to a $100-billion industry.

“Their innovation­s and new ideas will help individual farmers as well as whole industries and communitie­s.

“They will drive change as ideas and prototypes become reality.”

Fraser Border from the University of Southern Queensland was last year’s Ministeria­l Award winner.

“His project used augmented reality to help meat-process workers improve accuracy and efficiency, reduce waste and increase returns for processors,” Mr Littleprou­d said.

People can find out more and apply online at www.agricultur­ conference­s-events/scienceawa­rds. Applicatio­ns close at 5pm on October 1.

The 2022 round features 12 industry award categories, with each winner receiving a grant of up to $22,000.

Award categories are: Establishe­d, new and emerging rural industries; Eggs and poultry; Red-meat process; Pork; Wool; Cotton; Biosecurit­y and digital innovation; Fisheries and aquacultur­e; Forest and wood products; Grains; Horticultu­re; and Viticultur­e and oenology.

The Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agricultur­e, Fisheries and Forestry is an open competitiv­e annual grant program supporting young people aged between 18 and 35 who are working, employed or studying in an agricultur­e, fisheries or forestry-related industry – including food and sustainabl­e natural-resource management.

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