AgriFutures™ Honey Bee and Pollination 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.

AgriFutures Australia is inviting applications from suitably qualified research providers for projects relating to the AgriFutures™ Honey Bee and Pollination Program.

The public open call for research proposals commences Monday 12 August 2019 and closes 12pm (AEDT) Thursday 3 October 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 Corporation’s overarching goals and strategies, the goals, objectives and strategies of the AgriFutures™ Honey Bee and Pollination Program and the specific RD&E priorities for the year which the proposal is being submitted.

We also welcome and encourage 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 five RD&E objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Honey bee and Pollination RD&E 5-year plan.

Proposals should clearly indicate the following:

  • The project benefits for growers
  • The objectives and outcomes of the proposed project and the link to the RD&E 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.

Within the Honey Bee and Pollination RD&E 5-year plan there is particular interest in projects that address the following:

Priority Research Areas:

  • Identification of volatiles for use as hive health diagnostic tools
  • Development of electronic nose technology and other technologies for use in bee diagnostics of commercial beehive health in the field
  • Commercial partners that have the ability to commercialise volatile sensor technology for identifying specific volatiles
  • Other non-obtrusive methods of hive assessment to enable early detection of bee and hive health issues
  • Further the understanding of how Australian honey is unique, and what health benefits Australian honey can provide
  • Development of both hard and soft resources around awareness raising and understanding for professional beekeepers, recreational beekeepers and the general public focusing on previously conducted research from the program
  • Floral resource management, the effect on bees, and the effect on native flora and fauna.

The broad RD&E objectives are:

  • Objective 1: Reduce the incidence and impact of pests and diseases on the beekeeping and pollination services industries.
  • Objective 2: Increase the productivity and profitability of beekeepers.
  • Objective 3: Increase understanding of the role of flora in honey bee Management.
  • Objective 4: Understand the role of pollination in delivering more productive systems.
  • Objective 5: Promote extension, communication and capacity building.

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 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 RD&E 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
  • 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, Corporate:


It is strongly advised that researchers contact the Program Manager prior to submitting a proposal.

Annelies McGaw
Manager, Research
02 6923 6913
0407 987 738

The AgriFutures™ Honey Bee and Pollination Program open call closes 12 noon (AEDT), Thursday 3 October 2019