Joint Media Release with Minister for Jobs And Innovation Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
The Turnbull Government’s Priming Grant programme is directly supporting researchers and small-to-medium enterprise (SME) by incentivising vital international relationships to commercialise projects.
Coalition Government funding will benefit the Northern Territory, with Nutrient Recovery Solutions to collaborate with the United States and progress a ground-breaking project.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced Darwin company Nutrient Recovery Solutions will receive a $7000 Priming Grant for a project to create renewable fertiliser from animal waste.
Senator Scullion said it was great that Nutrient Recovery Solutions took advantage of the government’s Priming Grants that enables them to collaborate with North Carolina State University.
“The financial support to Nutrient Recovery Solutions will enable them to forge an international partnership and take their project global.
“I strongly encourage all researchers and businesses in the Northern Territory to partner with the government to enhance their success globally,” Senator Scullion said.
Nutrient Recovery Solutions CEO Jordan Phasey said they have invented an innovative dewatering technology that costs 90% less than the competition, and dries out animal waste and allows it to be converted to high phosphorus fertiliser.
“This makes fertiliser concentrated enough it can be returned to growing regions, closing the loop on the phosphorus cycle.
“This priming grant allows me to travel to North Carolina State University, to supervise a demonstration trial of the technology which will be constructed this year.
“Technologies such as this will be important in the future to ensure Australian food security. Currently, due to good farm planning practices in Australia the commercial demand for this tech is stronger overseas. We are beginning commercialization in the USA, where the North Carolina pork industry has an acute need for such a solution,” Mr Phasey said.
Nutrient Recovery Solutions is one of 38 researchers and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) across Australia to share in more than a quarter of a million dollars in Priming Grants.
Since 2016–17, the Australian Government has provided 114 Priming Grants worth approximately $800,000. Their stories of success are now available in the Innovation Stories: Priming Grants 2016 released today.
Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash said Priming Grants showed how fostering industry-led innovation creates commercial benefits and inspires jobs growth.
“These Priming Grants are designed to empower researchers and businesses to work with overseas experts to commercialise their projects,” Minister Cash said.
“This means more opportunities for Australians to grow their ideas by opening doors to foreign markets, which contributes positively to Australia’s economy and job market.
The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) works with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to deliver the Priming Grants under the Australian Government’s Global Connections Fund (GCF).