AgriFutures invests in RD&E to accelerate the establishment of emerging rural industries. The RD&E expenditure for the AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program is funded by Australian Government appropriation.
AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program is dedicated to identifying and supporting the development of new and emerging rural industries that can meet changing demand and make a valuable economic, social and environmental contribution to Australia. RD&E investment has a clear goal to identify and support the emergence of agricultural industries that can reach or exceed a target of $10 million per annum threshold within five years. We are also supporting industries that currently exceed this $10 million threshold with the potential for further growth and where they have sustainable RD&E programs.
The AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program categorises emerging industries according to their maturity stage, which is measured by the gross value of production (GVP). It is essential that applicants of this Open Call estimate the current GVP. Applicants must also clearly demonstrate how their proposed project will contribute towards the industry GVP growth.
It is preferred that all applicant industries have an industry supported RD&E Plan to participate in this process. RD&E Plans can be submitted with project applications, or if your industry is in the process of developing an RD&E Plan, please include the details of the organisation drafting the Plan and an estimated time of development. If your industry does not have a RD&E Plan, you should include this as a priority activity in your application along with details as to how this plan will be developed.
RD&E investment opportunities are being offered to assist growth in GVP are detailed in Table 1 and include the following attributes:
1. Building early stage clusters (actual industry GVP up to $2 million per annum).
Early stage support of up to one year to fund RD&E plans, conduct viability assessments, conduct early stage production and processing RD&E, and other industry development activities that will help guide industry formation, feasibility and scaling.
2. Growing industry capability (actual industry GVP over $2 million and up to $10 million per annum).
Funding of up to two years for the development of RD&E plans, collaborative RD&E projects to resolve key technical challenges and RD&E programs to accelerate growth and development to achieve a GVP of $10 million.
3. Expanding toward established and/or levied industries (actual industry GVP $10 million per annum or greater).
Projects of up to two years to ensure continuity of the newly emerged industry to sustain growth and development.
Key Dates for Round 5
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 – Open Call launches
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 – Briefing webinar 11.00 am AEDT
Friday, 18 December 2020 – Open Call closes 3.00 pm AEDT
Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend the briefing webinar to be held on Tuesday, 17 November. This briefing will cover information on:
- The assessment process
- Eligibility criteria
- Approaches to improve success
What is not eligible
- Applications that are not supported by an industry RD&E Plan – where a strategy or plan is not available the application should include preparing an RD&E Plan.
- Applications that exceed the guideline funding and project time limits in Table 1.
- Applications that do not meet the minimum co-contribution requirements in Table 1.
- Applications that lack a commercial focus (e.g. research proposals and/or travel awards that do not demonstrate clear linkages to industry needs or growth opportunities).
- Applications without a detailed description of the proposed methodology to achieve the project outcomes.
- Applications that do not:
- Clearly demonstrate progression from earlier research; and/or
- Recognise R&D of a similar nature.
- Applications that do not contain a comprehensive project plan addressing the industry constraint or opportunity.
- Applications where industry benefit is not clear (e.g. proposals that benefit a single entity rather than an industry).
- Applications that do not clearly articulate who the project outcomes will be delivered to within the emerging industry.
- Applications that include project teams with members that will be actively involved in project activities.
Please refer to Table 1: Investment Criteria for further details. Failure to meet the requirements set out in Table 1 enables AgriFutures Australia to reserve the right not to assess the application due to non-compliance.
Table 1: Investment Criteria