Applications open for RD&E funding to address industry priorities


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As part of its commitment to thriving rural industries, AgriFutures Australia has commenced a research open call for preliminary RD&E proposals to address chicken meat and export fodder industry priorities.

The AgriFutures Australia Export Fodder Program open call is a first for the new program, which established a five-year Export Fodder RD&E Plan in 2016.

The Chicken Meat Program is one of AgriFutures Australia’s largest programs and for the first time will have a total of three open call rounds over the coming months to address industry needs.

AgriFutures Australia Program Manager, Michael Beer, said the competitive open call process gains wide spread interest from across the country and this year will be no exception.

“The open call is an important process that fosters collaboration between industry and RD&E providers,” said Mr Beer.

“We encourage researchers to focus on the immediate impact of their research proposal for industry adoption and how it can deliver real on-farm benefits.”

RD&E investment is guided by the associated industry Advisory Panels and is allocated based on alignment to industry needs and ability to contribute to productivity.

The AgriFutures Australia Chicken Meat Program is looking to fund research related to antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, food safety, welfare, environment and future markets. These projects will support priority investments already underway and contribute to the industry maintaining its position as the number one consumed meat in the country.

Export Fodder is one of the newest industries to join the AgriFutures Australia research and innovation portfolio. The Export Fodder Program open call is seeking research proposals focused on the Oaten Hay Breeding Program, hay agronomy, chemical usage integrity and workplace health and safety.

The Chicken Meat Program open call closes 31 October 2017 and the Export Fodder Program open call closes 8 November 2017.  

Visit For Researchers for further information about the open call process or relevant program open call pages.


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