2016 Science and Innovation Awards - For young people in agriculture, fisheries and forestry

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Grant applications are now open! Applications are now open for the 2016 Science Awards.  If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 (inc gst) to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

11 industry Science Award categories are open for applications: biosecurity; cotton; dairy; fisheries and aquaculture; grains; established, new and emerging rural industries; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; meat and livestock and wool. Each category includes a grant of up to $22,000 and is generously supported by our Science Award partners.

Meet four of our Award partners and find out what they’re looking for in your application
•       Australian Grape and Wine Authority
•       Australian Meat Processor Corporation
•       Australian Pork Limited
•       Australian Wool Innovation.
Visit the Science Awards website for details on these and our other Science Award partners.

Did you know that Award winners also attend Australia’s premier agricultural conference ABARES Outlook 2016 in Canberra in March? Winners are formally recognised at the conference dinner in front of 450 dinner guests, with two days of networking and attending sessions.

So what projects were successful in last year’s Awards? Here’s three of last year’s projects: 
•       Developing an early warning system known as Electronic Shepherd to help pastoralists protect their flock from wild dog attacks;
•       Sequencing the avocado genome to develop the world’s only publicly available draft genome for the plant and the first step towards the next-generation of crop improvement, including being able to select avocados for resistance to the devastating root rot fungus;
•       developing a genetic test for herbicide resistance in wild oats, one of the world’s most widespread and persistent weed groups, and reducing the time from as long as nine months to just three weeks.

For further information
Email scienceawards@agriculture.gov.au or visit www.agriculture.gov.au/scienceawards
Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 9 October 2015.