AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Open Call

AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Program is calling for applications from emerging rural industries to partner with AgriFutures Australia to increase the production capacity and value of their industry by applying research, development and extension (RD&E) to overcome technical, market, supply chain and biological constraints. In planning and submitting proposals applicants need to familiarise themselves with the application procedure.

We also welcome and encourage your collaboration with other research providers to build the critical research mass necessary to meet our objectives. Further details are below.

AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Program open call closes Friday, 6 March 2020 at 12 noon (AEDT).

State Local Time
NSW/TAS/VIC/ACT 12.00 noon
NT 10.30 am
QLD 11.00 am
WA 9.00 am
SA 11.30 am


AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Program  invests in research, development and extension (RD&E) to accelerate the establishment of emerging rural industries. The RD&E expenditure for the AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Program is primarily funded by an annual 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. We’ve set an ambitious goal of identifying and supporting the emergence of agricultural industries that can reach or exceed a $10M per annum threshold in the next five years.

The AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Program categories emerging industries according their maturity stage which is measured by gross value of production (GVP).  It is essential that applicants of this Open Call estimate the current GVP for the industry in addition to an outline of how the industry can achieve a $10 million GVP target within five years. Investment opportunities being offered to assist growth in GVP are characterised by the following attributes:

1. Building Early Stage Clusters (actual industry GVP up to $2 million per annum)

Early stage support to conduct viability assessments, identify areas for potential RD&E, and portfolio building or market development activities that will help guide industry formation, growth or scaling.

2. Building Industry Capability (actual industry GVP $2 million and up to $10 million per annum)

Funding of collaborative RD&E projects to resolve key technical challenges and development of RD&E programs to accelerate growth.

3. Expanding Industry Potential – (actual industry GVP $10 million per annum)

Projects to ensure continuity of the newly emerged industry to sustain growth and development.

Please refer to Table 1: Investment Criteria for further details

Table 1: Investment Criteria


Submitting a Preliminary Research Proposal (PRP)

AgriFutures Australia business with the applicant is facilitated by the online project management system Clarity. This system manages all stages of project administration.

Preliminary Research Proposals must be submitted online using Clarity. Users must create a Clarity account before submitting a proposal. If you have previously submitted an application via Clarity please use your existing name and password alternatively if your Research Organisation already exists in clarity, please use New User Request online form and we will assign your profile to that Research Organisation

New User Request

If your Research Organisation does not already exist in clarity, or you are unsure, please use the New User and Company Creation Request to create a New Research Organisation and User account simultaneously.

New User and Company Creation Request

Note: Usernames and passwords will only be issued until Monday, 2 March 2020.

User guide for submitting a Preliminary Research Proposal:

The Clarity submission approval process requires both the Principal Investigator and Administration Contact to approve the Preliminary Research Proposal, we advise allowing time for this process to occur.

For further assistance with navigating Clarity during your project application, refer to the Clarity resources and templates in the first instance.

Applicants should familarise themselves with the call for applications terms. Any proposals that do not address the stated requirements may be rejected or deferred at the discretion of AgriFutures Australia.

Where numerous proposals are received to address a single industry, AgriFutures Australia will undertake a preliminary assessment to determine which proposal(s) will progress to the Advisory Panel for review. AgriFutures Australia prefers single industry applications (“industry led”) rather than individual companies. A clear industry challenge or opportunity should be outlined as part of submission, preferably with industry letters of support. Proposals that are deemed to insufficiently address the emerging industry criteria will be rejected or deferred at the discretion of AgriFutures Australia.

What you must submit

In addition to completing all required fields of the Preliminary Research Proposal in Clarity, applicants must address the Emerging Industries Canvas and Selection Criteria.

Applicants must attach the following into the Clarity system for the submission to be accepted:

  • A completed Emerging Industries Canvas: This will allow applicants to demonstrate their understanding of the industry’s value chain, gaps and growth opportunities and how these opportunities can be resolved through research, development and extension.
  • A response to the Selection Criteria using the Word document template available here (responses should be no more than eight pages).
  • Industry letters of support for industry challenge and/or opportunity (preferred).

Please submit all the relevant attachments at the bottom of ‘Proposed Budget’ page in Clarity.

Submission Checklist

Have you:

  1. Obtained a Clarity User Login? Requests close Monday, 2 March 2020.
  2. Completed all the fields within Clarity for your Preliminary Research Proposal (PRP).
  3. Completed the Emerging Industry Canvas, and uploaded as a Word attachment in This must include an estimate of your industry Gross Value of Production.
  4. Addressed the Selection Criteria. Please ensure you have clearly outlined your industry’s challenge and/or opportunity and uploaded as a word attachment in Clarity.
  5. Obtained letters of support and uploaded as attachments in Clarity.
  6. Ensure the approval process is completed in Clarity by the Principal Investigator and Administration Contact (both contacts must approve even if the same person).
  7. Read and understood the applications terms and conditions.
  8. Registered for the Q&A Webinar on Friday, 7 February 2020 at 1pm AEDT subscribe to the Emerging Industries Newsletter for further details (optional).


On Friday, 7 February 2020 at 1pm (AEDT) AgriFutures Australia hosted a webinar for prospective applicants to find out more about the project and ask questions regarding the open call and application process.

Successful Preliminary Research Proposals

At the completion of Preliminary Research Proposal review the successful shortlisted applicants will be notified for progression onto a Full Research Proposal (FRP). The successful applicants will be required to provide further information regarding:

  • Detailed project benefits for the emerging industry you are responding to.
  • The objectives and outcomes of the proposed project and the link to the RD&E objectives.
  • Confirmed candidates and detailed roles and responsibilities of who will be undertaking the majority of the work.
  • The plan for extension of research outcomes from the project activity work, i.e. beyond distribution of summaries and conference presentations.
  • Where relevant, proposals should include collaboration with experts and other funding organisations in the field, which may not be located in Australia.
  • The applicants understanding of past research or research gaps in this field.
  • Detailed communication plan.

AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries, Senior Manager Tom McCue will contact each successful applicant individually to discuss these requirements within 30 days of the close date.


It is strongly advised that applicants contact Senior Manager, Emerging Industries Tom McCue prior to submitting a preliminary research proposal.

Tom McCue

Senior Manager, Emerging Industries

02 6923 6902

0407 438 258


AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Program Open Call closes 12 noon (AEDT) Friday, 6 March 2020