Funding up for grabs for young water innovators

Posted 2 September 2016

Science innovationA share in $240,000 worth of grants is up for grabs for Australia's young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce has encouraged 18- to 35-year-olds to apply for the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

“The Science and Innovation Award grants are designed to support early career researchers, scientists and other innovators in developing new approaches to industry issues and, in turn, making our agricultural industries more productive and more competitive,” Joyce said.

“They also support the career pathways of the award recipients, and highlight the opportunities, innovation and technologies in modern agriculture.”

Eleven industry award categories are available in the 2017 round, with each winner to receive a grant of up to $22,000 (including GST).

One recipient of an industry category award will also receive the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Award, with additional project funding.

Joyce said the awards aimed to encourage young innovators to undertake new and creative research to benefit Australia’s agricultural industries.

“Australian agriculture is in a good position to benefit from the great opportunities offered by global food and fibre demand growth, and especially the demand for safe, high quality agricultural and food product,” he said.

“But we need to continually develop and adopt innovative practices and products to capture those opportunities.

“Research and development is essential for this and we’re fortunate to have such an impressive pool of passionate young scientists and innovators whose ideas and research will shape the future of our agricultural industries.

Joyce pointed to the range of innovative projects that were successful in the 2016 awards including:

  • A new on-farm device for pathogen detection in aquaculture systems
  • Soil organic carbon sequestration using melanised root-associated fungi
  • A novel genetic approach to keeping salt out of wine
  • Mapping frost at the individual farm level for the Western Australian wheatbelt

Applications close on Friday October 14, 2016. More information is available here.