Plagued by wild dogs? Avocados destroyed by root rot? Want improved feed for your chickens? Or just keen to understand how dung beetles endure changes in climate? These questions relate to just some of the projects funded by the 2015 Science and innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Do you have an idea that could revolutionise Australia’s agricultural industry?
The Science Awards have already helped more than 200 young Australians make their ideas a reality.
In 2015, Dr Greg Falzon received funding to pursue a project with the aim to create an early warning system known as Electronic Shepherd, to help pastoralists protect their flock from attacks. The device will work by monitoring sounds in the environment and analyse them with advanced computer software to detect dog barks or noises associated with sheep in distress, then alert farmers to a possible attack.
This is just one example of the strong link between Research & Development (R&D) and agricultural productivity growth. Research is fundamental to the continued success of Australian agricultural industries and to ensuring profitability at the farmgate.
Applications close on 9 October. There are 11 industry award categories available in 2016, with industry partners being:
- Australian Grape and Wine Authority.
- Australian Meat Processor Corporation.
- Australian Pork Ltd.
- Australian Wool Innovation.
- Cotton Research and Development Corporation.
- CSIRO Health and Biosecurity.
- Dairy Australia.
- Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
- Grains Research and Development Corporation.
- Meat & Livestock Australia.
- Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
The awards are open to people aged 18-35 and provide a grant of up to $20,000 for each research project.
So if you or someone you know is a young researcher with an innovative idea that will revolutionise our agricultural sector, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/conferences-events/scienceawards and submit an application for funding!