Would you expect that more than one consortium be eventually funded? Will only one consortia be awarded the funding, or could there be a couple/few that share the funding with different focuses?
No. Only one research agreement will be funded. One group or consortia will be awarded the funding to undertake the program of research as per the Terms of Reference.
AgriFutures Australia expects that research providers will hold their own discussions to pull together the expertise to be able to deliver against all of the key deliverables.
Proposals addressing just one deliverable will not be considered.
AgriFutures Australia will not actively broker or arrange research providers to form consortia or groups.
What if my research idea is not listed in the TOR; will there be a open call this year?
No, at this stage there will not be a open call for RD&E ideas this year. This program of work is the current priority for the chicken meat industry.
Other targeted calls to address industry-identified needs may arise throughout the year.
Are you expecting the matched funding to be all cash, or can it include in-kind? Does matching funds need to be cash or in-kind ?
The preference is that proposal will include cash contributions as well as in-kind. The AgriFutures Chicken Meat Advisory Panel will consider the proposal put in front of them and the merits of each. Proposals that bring additional cash will be considered favourably.
Are the proposal application docs the same or different?
We are expecting detailed proposals. If you have any questions about the proposal please contact AgriFutures Chicken Meat Manager, Research Georgie Townsend or Annie Lane.
How will IP be considered?
To ensure this investment delivers value for the chicken meat industry, AgriFutures Australia expects that research organisations will leverage past research, development and extension, and as such, it is expected that research organisations may bring specialist IP to this project.
At contracting, AgriFutures Australia will negotiate with the preferred respondent/s to develop an appropriate and relevant IP and commercialisation agreement to deliver value for the Australian chicken meat industry.
As background, our new research agreement and IP and Commercialisation terms are found on our website here.
Can we attach additional information to support the proposal?
Yes. There is a place in the application form where additional information can be provided. Use this as you need, to provide the level of information that you feel will support your proposal.
Will a letter from the committing organisation do?
The letter of intent from a committing organisation would need to be signed by someone within the organisation with the delegated authority to approve the cash commitment.
Do you have a preferred guideline for the management and governance of the consortium?
No. We are open to your ideas. There is not a guideline for the management and governance of the consortium, that is the responsibility of the lead organisation and the team. However, the consortium would be guided by the principles that are established for the management of all investments through the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program, more details can be found in the Researcher Handbook.
Is there an underlying subtext to the program for workforce development?
No, not an underlying subtext, rather, there is an explicit deliverable stated, ‘Embedded capacity building activities to support training and workforce development for the industry workforce and for chicken meat researchers.’ That is, we expect the proposal to address this industry-designed deliverable to embedded workforce development into the program of work.
Proposals addressing just one deliverable will not be considered.
Do you want the successful consortia to have experience in research management?
We are seeking a research team/s to partner for effective delivery of the program goal: A diet that allows the birds to reach their full genetic potential demonstrating improved health and welfare; reduces the reliance on inputs such as antibiotics and optimises the shed environment (including maintenance of litter quality and reduction of odour) while mitigating the impact on the external environment.
We expect the successful team will include researchers and specialists from a range of disciplines. Effective management of the team will be required to meet the goal. The demonstration of experience in research management would be taken into consideration. It is expected that the lead organisation would manage the delivery of the program of research.
Just to clarity if we get $100K investment from industry you will match that over and above the $1.5M?
Yes, that is possible. We will consider investment of AgriFutures Chicken Meat budget of up to $1.5m per year for three years. If cash contributions are brought to the project, the rules by which AgriFutures matches cash contributions will apply. Matched funds are subject to the legislated and contractual agreements that AgriFutures Australia complies with and can only be used for the purposes they are invested in.
Can you have a Q&A webinar after the application portal opens?
A Q&A Webinar will be scheduled following the opening of the proposal portal. The time and date are TBA. Until the portal opens, you can approach the Research Managers to answer any specific questions. Your methodology must address the Terms of Reference by covering:
- How your group will address the program goal, priorities and key deliverables
- Who will undertake the work
- What your program will involve
- Why your group is best placed to deliver this program.
By matching funding do you mean 1:1?
No. Matching funds is fixed by our funding agreement, as 1:0.5, i.e. $1 in $1.50 out.
How important is collaboration with industry chicken meat businesses?
Critical. The intent of the program of research is to have industry-ready research outcomes that can be adopted by industry, readily implemented, or used to improve their decision making within their businesses. The Terms of Reference has been developed with industry input. At every stage of the program, the industry will be involved or benefit from the outcomes of the research.
Will there be any normal proposal calls from Agrifutures in the next three years?
Yes, there will be other open calls, notification will be given about those closer to the time.
Does the funding commence in July 2021 for the approved project?
Funding will commence once an agreed contract is signed by all parties as soon as practicable after July 2021.
Are there any chances of delay beyond July 2021?
The commencement will be dependent on the contracting process.
How much detail do you need in full proposal?
The full proposal should detail the plans to achieve the key priorities and deliverables of the project as described in the terms of reference. A detailed budget is expected. Your proposal should set out to address all the deliverables.
Are there any forums where consortia/potential researchers can communicate various proposals?
If an individual researcher contacts an Agrifutures Chicken Meat program Research Managers, we will be suggesting that they reach out to groups who are participating in consortia discussions.
How will the successful consortium/program be structured? Will there be subprojects led by individual researchers?
The structure, staffing, and membership of the program team, and how they are organised and funded to undertake the program of research is up to that group.
Only one research partnership will be funded. One group or consortium will be awarded the funding to undertake the program of research as per the Terms of Reference.
For example, to deliver against the key deliverables, there might be several sub-projects led by different organisations, but collectively managed by the lead group in the consortium. Agrifutures will not manage individual subprojects that contribute to the program of research. All discussions, structures, and partnerships to deliver this work, need to be had prior to submission of the proposal.