Applications open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards

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Australia’s young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers are being invited to submit their 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.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the Science and Innovation Awards encouraged 18-35 year old innovators to undertake new and creative research to help agricultural industries to overcome problems and to realise their potential.

“Australia is a world leader in agricultural innovation, and innovative ideas have allowed Australian agricultural industries to become more competitive, resilient, productive and profitable, and to overcome barriers to growth,” Minister Joyce said.

“Many of these ideas come from young people working or studying in the field, and the Science and Innovation Award grants aim to support early career researchers, scientists and other innovators to develop new approaches to industry issues.”

Applications close on Friday 13 October 2017. The recipients of 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.

For further information on the awards, and on how to apply, visit

Giana Gomes -PhD student from James Cook University- 2016 Winner Minister’s award

“Still as a PhD student I was able to receive this amazing award which helped me to develop my dream project. Knowing that aquaculture (fastest growing agribusiness in the world) is constantly threatened by serious economic losses due to diseases has always been a serious issue for me.

“I’m a passionate aquaculture researcher who had this dream of bringing on-farm detection of pathogens for aquaculture farmers. The Minister’s award made this idea possible.

“Receiving this award gave me the opportunity to travel to other research institutes to learn the necessary skills to develop my project. The research grant I received helped me to cover the costs of molecular experiments, attending conferences to promote my research, and meet with business people to discuss the possibility of commercialisation of my idea.

“This award helped me to be a role model for other women by inspiring sustainable career development in the aquaculture industry.

“Recognising greater participation and empowerment of women in the rural aquaculture context has the potential to deliver important gains in economic output, livelihood potential and social welfare.

“Women should be involved in all spheres of aquaculture production, including the development and use of technology, and involvement in research and extension.

“The Minister’s award opened up important ‘doors’ for my professional life and I can say for sure that receiving this award gave me the confidence I needed to continue pursuing my dreams. It changed my life!”

Source: Australian Government

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