Applying for Funding

AgriFutures Australia invests in RD&E that improves the sustainability and profitability of new and established rural industries and furthers understanding of rural issues of national and global significance.

If you or your organisation can help address our current research priorities, we welcome your application for funding.

At AgriFutures Australia we love great ideas. If you have a great idea for research that aligns with our strategic priorities, we want to hear from you.

To assess the fit for your research idea with AgriFutures Australia’ vision and strategic priorities, it helps to first do your homework. As a starting point, we recommend you familiarise yourself with:

If your idea is in line with AgriFutures Australia’s vision, the next step is to talk to the relevant Program Manager.

Intellectual property & commercialisation

AgriFutures Australia takes commercialisation and intellectual property opportunities seriously.

Our key goals are to:

  • influence the development of intellectual property and commercialisation to ensure Australian rural industries are the primary beneficiaries of Agrifutures funded research
  • maximise the uptake and benefits flowing from research investment in Australian rural industries by making new technologies, products, processes and services available as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible
  • ensure royalties and other financial returns are channelled back into related rural industries research

Progress reports

Once you commence a research project, it’s important that you report back on progress.

Scheduled payments depend on the annual progress report being assessed as satisfactory by the AgriFutures Australia Program Manager. Reports much be submitted by the agreed reporting date, whether the milestones have been reached or not.

A user guide for submitting progress reports can be downloaded from our online database management system, Clarity.

Final deliverables

Prior to the final milestone, you will need to discuss with the AgriFutures Australia Program Manager what form your final deliverable will take.

It must be submitted via our online database management system, Clarity by the completion date of the project.

To assist you to prepare your final deliverable, please use the templates provided.

Guide for using the AgriFutures Australia Final Report Template

AgriFutures Australia Final Report Template 2017

AgriFutures Australia Final Report Checklist

Research priorities


14 August 2017Research open call opens
20 September 2017Preliminary research proposals (PRP) due 5:00pm (AEST)
8 December 2017Results of PRP assessments announced
13 December 2017Full research proposal (FRP) submission round begins
7 February 2018Deadline to submit FRPs 5:00 pm (AEST)
30 July 2018Contracts entered into


Prior to submitting

The Principal Investigator must have a Clarity username and password to submit a proposal.

If you require a username and password for Clarity please complete the Clarity Request for New User form and send to

If you require assistance completing your proposal, please refer to the user guides:

Research Contracts

AgriFutures Australia uses a standard form contract for R&D projects (Research Agreement), which sets out the terms on which AgriFutures Australia will engage successful applicants to carry out the project. Applicants must be familiar with the Research Agreement before lodging Preliminary Research Proposals (PRPs), and are advised to seek their own legal advice before lodging a PRP.

Open call 2017

AgriFutures Australia invites research project proposals via an open call process. The 2017 first open call has closed, and a second call for specific programs is open, details below.

Open call 2017

Export Fodder Open Call

The AgriFutures Australia Export Fodder Program aims to invest in RD&E that harnesses leading edge technologies to develop competitive advantage in export fodder markets. The open call closes 5:00pm (AEDST) 8 November 2017.

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Chicken Meat Open Call

AgriFutures Australia Chicken Meat Program is looking to fund research in the following specific topic areas in 2017/2018 to support priority investments already in progress. The topics areas are; antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, food safety, welfare, environment and future markets.

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