Media Release

Two weeks left to apply for 2014 Science and Innovation Awards

29 October 2013

Time is running out for Australia’s young scientists and innovators to submit inspired projects and ideas for agriculture industries for the Science and Innovation Awards.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said applicants should get their applications in quick to be considered for grants of up to $22,000 to bring their ideas for Australian agriculture to life.

“Applications are closing soon for project proposals for grants, which can be used for a range of activities, including study, training, research projects, industry visits, conferences or workshops,” Minister Joyce said.

“We know our young people are passionate about the future of our primary industries and these awards will help them bring their ideas to fruition and will also help advance their careers.”

The Science and Innovation Awards support young people aged 18 to 35 and are awarded by industry categories, such as red meat processing, pork, biosecurity, cotton, dairy, fisheries, aquaculture, livestock, grain, viticulture, wool, sugar and emerging rural industries.

Since the awards started in 2001, more than 180 young Australians have benefited from the grants. Previous projects have included investigating eel aquaculture, reducing piglet mortality rates and research into improved heat tolerance and water use for cotton cultivars.

“I am looking forward to seeing the range of innovative project proposals that will be submitted this year and how these aim to improve the profitability and sustainability of our agriculture industries,” Minister Joyce said. 

One industry category award recipient will be presented with the Minister for Agriculture Award. Applicants need to complete an additional process to qualify for the award that enables the recipient to further develop their research project.

Successful recipients of the 2014 Science and Innovation awards will be publicly acknowledged at the 2014 Outlook conference dinner on Tuesday 5 March.

Applications close on Friday, 8 November 2013. For further information, including application forms and a list of award supporters, visit science awards or email science awards.