AgriFutures™ Export Fodder Program open call

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

Overall, our outcome is to increase knowledge that fosters sustainable, productive new and existing rural industries and further understanding of national rural issues through research and development in government-industry partnership.

The AgriFutures™ Export Fodder Program open call closes 5pm (AEDT) Monday, 15 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 programs and the specific priorities for R&D for the year in 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.

R&D objectives

AgriFutures Australia welcomes Preliminary Research Proposals that address one or more of the strategies within the seven R&D objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Export Fodder Program RD&E Plan 2016-2021.

The R&D objectives are:

  1. Oaten Hay Breeding Program
  2. Hay agronomy
  3. Chemical Usage Integrity
  4. Fodder analysis
  5. Animal nutrition research
  6. Biosecurity research
  7. Occupational Health and Safety

There is particular interest in proposals that address;

  • Objective 3: Chemical Usage Integrity.  The priority is to ensure chemical registrations are as up-to-date as possible given advances in fodder management and changes in export markets and their Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) requirements.
  • Objective 6: New technology for the detection of weeds in fields that pose market risks.
  • Objective 7: Occupational Health and Safety and the utilisation of new technology that minimises risk within the processing of hay prior to export.
  • Capacity building through the incorporation of postgraduate opportunities within any project proposal is a high priority.

Proposals should clearly indicate the following:

  • How the project benefits growers
  • The plan for extension of research outcomes from the project activity work, i.e. beyond distribution of summaries and conference presentations
  • The objectives and outcomes of the proposed project and the link to the R&D objectives
  • Who will be undertaking the majority of the work, including statistical analysis (it must be clear if new staff and/or students are to be employed to undertake the work)
  • Where relevant, proposals should include collaboration with experts in the field, which may not be located in Australia
  • 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)?
  • 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?

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™ Export Fodder Senior Manager, Research John Smith prior to submitting a proposal.

John Smith
Senior Manager, Research
0437 179 359

The AgriFutures™ Export Fodder Program open call closes 5pm (AEDT) Monday, 15 April 2019.