AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program open call

AgriFutures Australia’s investments are driven by RD&E plans that address the needs of industries and stakeholders, and ensure our priorities are industry and government-driven.

Our focus is to support the sustainability and productivity of new and existing rural industries as well as improving understanding of national rural issues that affect all industries, through research, development and extension via a unique government-industry partnership.

AgriFutures Australia is inviting applications from suitably qualified research providers for projects relating to the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program.

The public open call for research proposals has commenced, with Round 3 closing at 5pm (AEST) Thursday, 11 April 2019.

Open call overview

In planning and submitting proposals for AgriFutures Australia-funded projects, prospective researchers need to familiarise themselves with:

  • the application procedure
  • the organisation’s overarching goals and strategies
  • the goals and strategies of the relevant R&D program
  • the specific priorities for R&D for the year for which the proposal is being submitted.

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

AgriFutures Australia will conduct three open calls for research proposals for the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program, scheduled for the period September 2018 to April 2019. The research call dates are scheduled (subject to change) for:

  • Round 1: 3 September 2018 – 10 October 2018 – complete
  • Round 2: 10 December 2018 – 24 January 2019 – complete
  • Round 3: 8 March 2019 – 11 April 2019 

Proposals should clearly indicate:

  • Who will be undertaking the majority of the research including details of new staff or students that may be engaged in project delivery;
  • Who will be undertaking the statistical analysis (if required) including their expertise;
  • What the extension activities are for outcomes of the project (beyond distribution of summaries and conference presentation);
  • If the proposal is to undertake R&D that won’t have immediate outcomes that can be applied by industry, then thought should be given to what the extension activities might be when the R&D is able to be applied and who the stakeholders are – this will help frame the direction for the project.
  • Where appropriate, proposals should include consultation with the international experts in their field, who may not be located in Australia

2018/19 Research Proposals

The key priorities for AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program investment have been collated from close engagement and consultation with chicken meat industry stakeholders. This has been facilitated through ongoing forums and workshops involving representatives from across the research and commercial sectors.

Due to budget constraints, not all priorities may be funded even if proposals to address those priorities are received. AgriFutures Australia reserves the right to make the final decision on investment. Any proposals that don’t address the stated priorities must have been discussed with AgriFutures Australia prior to submission otherwise they may be rejected or deferred at the discretion of the Corporation.

Proposals that are deemed to insufficiently address the priority will be rejected or deferred at the discretion of the Corporation.

To improve industry engagement with the research, and ultimately improve the adoption of research outcomes, contracted projects may have a steering committee with membership selected by AgriFutures Australia.

RD&E objectives

AgriFutures Australia welcomes Preliminary Research Proposals, including post-graduate scholarships, that address one or more of the strategies within the five R&D objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Chicken Meat Program Five-Year RD&E plan 2014-19.

The broad RD&E objectives are:

1. Increase the productivity and efficiency of chicken meat production

2. Deliver safe food and good animal welfare outcomes

3. Manage the environment for sustainable development

4. Create foundations for the future, including capacity and market insight

5. Ensure research adoption via extension and communication.

The Chicken Meat Program RD&E plan priorities for 2018/19 have been addressed in open calls 1 and 2. Priorities for 2019/20 will be released in August 2019. Proposals submitted during this open call must align with a specific industry issue, and it is strongly recommended that they are discussed with AgriFutures prior to submission.

Proposals should clearly indicate the following:

  • Economic evaluation of the intervention or practice change on a cents/kg of chicken basis or other relevant cost analysis.
  • Projects that involve live bird trials (including field research) must: assess impact on litter quality; assess impact on water consumption; extend to 42-49 days of age; measure relevant chicken parameters that may include carcass characteristics or welfare; a review of diets by a commercial poultry nutritionist; if ethics approval is required, then AgriFutures Australia must be advised of any proposed changes requested by the Ethics Committee; exclude the use of maize in diets;
  • The objectives and outcomes of the proposed project and the link to the R&D objectives;
  • The researcher’s understanding of past research in this field.

Researcher submission checklist

The researcher must complete the checklist prior to the submission being accepted:

  • If the project requires statistical analysis, has a qualified statistician been engaged to undertake project design and data analyses?
  • Is the Principal Investigator an early career researcher (less than five years since postgraduate study completion)? AgriFutures Australia encourages applications from early career researchers
  • Has the proposal been discussed with AgriFutures Australia?
  • Has the proposal been discussed with people in the Program industry?
  • Does the proposal identify if the work potentially relates to the Program objective?
  • Does the proposal clearly identify who will be undertaking the bulk of the work (might not necessarily be the Principal Investigator)?
  • Does the proposal clearly articulate what the applied outcome for industry will be? (even if it is a long-term applied project there should still be a focus on an applied outcome).
  • Does the proposal clearly outline what the potential process might be for identifying extension opportunities? (Excluding publications and opportunities for presenting the work at conferences).
  • Does the proposal take into consideration where the international expertise is in the area of research?
  • Has the Principal Investigator complied with the application process within Clarity?
  • Has the Principal Investigator familiarised themselves, and any poultry farmers involved in the research, with the biosecurity on farms during research fact sheet?

Submitting a Preliminary Research Proposal

AgriFutures Australia business with research providers 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.

Request new user: Clarity

Users must create a Clarity account before submitting a proposal. To set up a secure account before submitting a proposal, contact the AgriFutures Australia helpdesk for a username and password:

Usernames and passwords will only be issued while the applicable round is open.

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

Submit a proposal: Clarity login

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 legal advice on it before lodging a PRP.

Read Research Agreement


The Research Agreement has been developed to reflect AgriFutures Australia’s statutory and other responsibilities in funding projects. AgriFutures Australia will generally not negotiate substantive amendments to any clauses of the Agreement unless:

  • It is satisfied that exceptional circumstances exist that require amendment to the standard form; and
  • The applicant completes a statement of non-compliance for each of those clauses.

Applicants will be taken to have agreed to all clauses in the Research Agreement that are not referred to in a statement of non-compliance. The extent of any non-compliance will be a factor in AgriFutures Australia’s evaluation of the application.

If you require further information regarding the Research Agreement, contact Louise Heaslip, General Manager Business and Finance:


It is strongly advised that researchers contact AgriFutures Australia’s Chicken Meat Program team prior to submitting a proposal.

Kylie Hewson
AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program Development Officer

Georgie Townsend
AgriFutures Australia
Manager, Research

The AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program open call closes 5pm Thursday, 11 April 2019.