Young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers in South Australia are encouraged to apply for a share in $240,000 in grants to support projects that will help shape the future of our agricultural industries, through the 2017 Science Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said the recipients received project funding to support a range of agriculture industries, from high speed broadband for the red meat industry to keeping salt out of wine.
“Over the years, the Science Awards grants program has seen 210 young Australians receive funding for projects that have made a real difference for Australian agriculture,” Minister Ruston said.
“Last year we saw funding for projects such as a new on-farm device for pathogen detection in aquaculture systems, mapping frost at the farm scale for the Western Australian Wheatbelt and development of fungal biocontrol agents to manage root-knot nematode in ginger.
“Agriculture is a critical component of South Australia’s economy and also provides employment for a significant number of people in our regions.
“Innovation will be fundamental to underpinning productivity and profitability for our farmers into the future and this is a great opportunity for our young people to take their innovative project from an idea to reality.
“The program is open to anyone between 18 and 35 years of age, there are 11 individual award categories available, with the opportunity to share in up to $240,000 in grants.
“I encourage all of our young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers in South Australia—and certainly nation-wide—to apply today and do your part to support and shape Australian agriculture into the future.”
Each award winner in the 2017 round has the opportunity 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.
Applications close 5PM AEDT Friday 14 October 2016.