Media Release

2015 Science and Innovation Awards now open

5 August 2014

Australia's young scientists working on agricultural research projects are invited to apply for the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the awards encourage young people to advance their ideas and collaborate with previous Award winners, sponsors and supporting research institutions.

"We know our young people are passionate about the future of agriculture and these awards will help them bring their ideas to life and will also help advance their careers," Minister Joyce said.

"Since starting in 2001, more than 190 young Australians have benefited from funding grants towards their research.  Last year’s projects included electronic boundaries for livestock, automated irrigation systems for cotton growers and a micro-scale spectrometer to detect water stress in vine leaves."

"Research is a priority for me – we know there is a strong link between R&D and agricultural productivity growth, and research is a key driver to industry and farmgate profitability.

"There are 12 industry award categories, including the Minister for Agriculture award, open for people aged 18-35. The Awards provide a grant of up to $22,000 to each successful award recipient." 

Applications close on 3 October 2014.  The Science and Innovation Awards are presented as part of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) annual Outlook conference.

For further information, including application forms and a list of award supporters, visit Guidelines - Science and Innovation Awards.