AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Open Call

AgriFutures Australia investments are driven by five-year research, development and extension (RD&E) plans that address the needs of industries and stakeholders, and ensure our priorities are industry and government-driven. Our aim is to increase knowledge that fosters sustainable, productive new and existing rural industries and further understanding of national rural issues through research and developing in government-industry partnership.

The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program open call closes 12noon (AEST) Thursday 30th April 2020.


In planning and submitting proposals for AgriFutures Australia-funded projects, prospective researchers need to familiarise themselves with the application procedure, the Corporation’s overarching goals and strategies, the goals and strategies of the relevant R&D program and 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.

RD&E objectives

AgriFutures Australia welcomes Preliminary Research Proposals, including post-graduate scholarships, that address one or more of the strategies within the seven R&D objectives for the industry, and outlined in the AgriFutures Export Fodder Program’s Five Year Plan 2016-2021.

The broad RD&E 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

Within the AgriFutures Export Fodder Program’s Five Year Plan 2016-2021 there is particular interest in, but not limited to, projects that address the following strategies:

  • Objective 4 – Fodder analysis to assist Australian exporters in marketing fodder to their customers.
  • Objective 5 – Animal nutrition research is required to demonstrate the beneficial attributes of Australian cereal hay to dairy cow diets where other fodder types (e.g. Lucerne hay) currently make up the majority of the ration.
  • Objective 6 – Biosecurity research. Research in this area will work to ensure that Australian fodder exporters have access to techniques and protocols that allow the requirements of import countries to be met in an effective, timely and cost-effective manner.

Proposals should clearly indicate the following:

  • The project benefits for growers or fodder exporters
  • 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)
  • 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 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?
  • The Principal Investigator must comply with the application process within Clarity.

Submitting a Preliminary Research Proposal

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


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.

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:


Researchers are strongly advised to contact the Manager, Research prior to submitting a proposal.

Lucinda Staley

Manager, Research

0448 401 717

The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program open call closes 12noon (AEST) Thursday 30th April 2020.