Young Territory agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers are being invited to submit innovative agricultural research project ideas for a chance to receive a share in up to $242,000 in grants to help them become a reality.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Science and Innovation Awards encouraged innovators aged 18 to 35 to undertake new and creative research to help agricultural industries overcome problems and realise their potential.
“Australia is a world leader in agricultural innovation and the Northern Territory plays an important role in this,” Senator Scullion said.
“Innovative ideas have allowed agricultural industries to become more competitive, resilient, productive and profitable – and overcome barriers to growth.
“Many of these ideas come from young people working or studying in the field, and the Science and Innovation Awards support early career researchers, scientists and other innovators to develop new approaches to address industry issues.”
Since they were launched in 2001, the Science and Innovation Awards have helped more than 220 young researchers, innovators and scientists turn their ideas into reality through almost $3.5 million in grant funding.
Applications close on Friday 13 October 2017. The awards will be publicly presented as part of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Outlook 2018 conference in Canberra.
Eleven industry award categories are available in the 2018 round, with each winner to receive a grant of up to $22,000.
Further information on the awards, including how to apply, is available at: agriculture.gov.au/scienceawards.