AgriFutures Australia called for expressions of interest (EOI) from emerging rural industries to partner with AgriFutures Australia to increase the production capacity and value of their industries by applying research and development (R&D) to overcome technical and biological constraints. Submissions closed on Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

AgriFutures Australia is an organisation that proudly focuses on the future of Australian agriculture. Our vision is to grow the long term prosperity of Australian rural industries. This includes R&D to accelerate the establishment and expansion of emerging rural industries. We’ve set an ambitious goal of identifying and supporting the emergence of five agricultural industries that can reach, or exceed, a $10 million per annum threshold in the next five years.

AgriFutures Australia has commissioned Coriolis Australia and New Zealand and Euromonitor International to produce a short-list of high potential emerging industries. These reports, available on the AgriFutures Australia website, identified industries for further consideration by AgriFutures Australia. Other industries which already have their own vision to $10 million turnover and beyond may also be considered.

Read the Coriolis report

Read the Euromonitor report

AgriFutures Australia will work with applicants from selected industries to contract R&D projects to help realise industry growth potential.

Eligibility

  • Industry representative organisations or leading businesses, within emerging industries, were eligible to apply
  • The industry may have been one of those shortlisted in the Coriolis or Euromonitor report or another high potential industry
  • Applicants understand a clear path to growing to $10 million industry turnover and beyond
  • Applicants have developed clear research and development priorities to assist on this pathway

Applicants have familiarised themselves with the Request for Expressions of Interest information.

Expression of Interest terms

By making a submission, applicants were required to familiarise themselves and agree to the terms outlined in the Request for Expressions of Interest information.

How to apply

To apply, applicants addressed the eligibility and selection criteria, providing information about:

  • The applicant
  • The emerging industry
  • Priority challenges for research and development

Relevant supporting documentation was attached via the online application.

Submissions closed at 5:00 pm (AEDT) Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

Assessment process

Thirty-seven EOI applications were successfully submitted by the deadline on 14 November 2018 and provided to the AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Advisory Panel.

Of these 37 applications, 7 did not pass broad eligibility screening (industries were already over the $10M threshold or were already a levy paying industry). Thirty applications were independently assessed by each of the 10 members of AgriFutures Australia’s Emerging Industries Advisory Panel against the selection criteria.

AgriFutures Australia collated the assessment scores and ranked applications in order of the eligibility score of the industry and partner. The panel met on 24 January 2019 to select industries and partners for progressing based on scores for each overall application.  Scores for the research challenges presented were also considered in selecting these applicants.

Eight industries were selected to progress.  In some cases these included multiple applicants from a single industry.

AgriFutures Australia is opening discussions to provide feedback to these eight successful applicants with a view to developing competitive Preliminary Research Proposals (PRP’s).

Applicants will identify principal investigators to lead the process of developing PRP’s for Research and Development toward overcoming industry challenges. Principal investigators will lead preparation of these PRP’s in ‘Clarity’, AgriFutures Australia’s project management software.

The Emerging Industries Advisory Panel will assess these PRP’s, provide feedback and call for Full Research Proposals (FRP’s) from successful applicants. After this has occurred, the Emerging Industries Advisory Panel will assess these FRP’s and provide feedback. AgriFutures Australia can at this stage move to contracting collaborative research agreements with successful applicants.