Rural Research and Development
Australia needs to be able to adapt and respond to new issues. Innovation is the key. It drives growth, sustainability and resilience.
Investment in research and development (R&D) and innovation is vital for ongoing growth and improvement in the productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food industries.
The Australian Government is providing $157.4 million over eight years to 2021–22 for a competitive grants program - Rural R&D for Profit - to deliver cutting-edge technology and applied research, with an emphasis on making the results accessible to Australia’s primary producers.
This new funding is in addition to the current government funding of around $250 million per year for rural research and development corporations.
About the program
The Rural R&D for Profit program aims to realise productivity and profitability improvements for primary producers through:
- generating knowledge, technologies, products or processes that benefit primary producers
- strengthening pathways to extend the results of rural R&D, including understanding the barriers to adoption
- establishing and fostering industry and research collaborations that form the basis for ongoing innovation and growth of Australian agriculture.
Research projects must address one or more of the rural research development and extension (RD&E) funding priorities -
- Advanced technology, to enhance innovation of products, processes and practices across the food and fibre supply chains through technologies such as robotics, digitisation, big data, genetics and precision agriculture;
- Biosecurity, to improve understanding and evidence of pest and disease pathways to help direct biosecurity resources to their best uses, minimising biosecurity threats and improving market access for primary producers;
- Soil, water and managing natural resources, to manage soil health, improve water use efficiency and certainty of supply, sustainably develop new production areas and improve resilience to climate events and impacts; and
- Adoption of R&D, focusing on flexible delivery of extension services that meet primary producers’ needs and recognising the growing role of private service delivery.
Who can apply