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21 Jun 13
Grants to fund innovation in agribusiness closing soon

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Applications for grants worth up to $1.5 million to encourage innovation in agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries will close at 2.00pm on 4 July 2013.

Innovation Grants range from $250,000 to $1.5 million and are available for the development and adoption of innovative practices and technologies across agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries.

The Grants are part of the Federal Government’s Caring for our Country initiative which aims to achieve an environment that is healthier, better protected, well managed, resilient and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.

What types of projects could be funded?

The Innovation Grants are open to applications from projects which make use of new technology or practices or make incremental changes such as the adaption or application of existing technology in a novel way, combination or region.

Examples include:

  • projects that promote the uptake of new practices such as permanent bed vegetable production
  • projects using digital information systems or applications to provide timely information to better inform natural resource decision making, and
  • institutional or market based approaches that involve the whole supply chain and increase the adoption of sustainable production practices. 

Who can apply?

The Grants are open to a wide range of individuals and organisations including:

  • individuals
  • farmers, fishers and related organisations
  • landcare and resource management organisations
  • local, state and territory governments
  • community groups
  • universities
  • agribusiness
  • Indigenous groups and organisations, and
  • corporations and supply chain businesses.

How do you apply?

Applications can be made online or by completing a hardcopy postal application and close at 2.00pm on 4 July 2013.

To apply, visit the Caring for our Country website at www.nrm.gov.au or call the hotline on
1800 552 008 for a hardcopy application.  Detailed eligibility criteria are also available on the Caring for our Country website.

Protecting your innovation

Organisations or individuals developing innovative products, systems or technology should take steps to protect the intellectual property involved. 

Our intellectual property lawyers work to extract the maximum benefit from our clients’ intellectual property assets through effective protection, management and commercialisation.

Add to this our long history of advising clients in the Food and Agribusiness sectors and McCullough Robertson is well placed to assist you in developing and delivering innovative projects.  


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