Call for research: AgriFutures Export Fodder Program

The Export Fodder Program goal is to invest in research, development and extension (RD&E) that improves the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the Australian export fodder industry. 

The Australian export fodder industry comprises a wide variety of crop and pasture species in the form of hay and straw for use as animal feed in export markets. Production of fodder crops occurs in most Australian states and territories, however the main export production states are Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. Australian oaten hay is a unique offering on the global export fodder market and is viewed as a premium product, especially in the international dairy industry. The key established markets for fodder are Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan.  

The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Open Call closes on Thursday, 17 February 2022 at 12 noon (AEDT).

During this Open Call, AgriFutures Australia is seeking research proposals that align with the industry priorities and objectives outlined within the current Export Fodder Strategic RD&E Plan 2021-2026 

Overview

AgriFutures Australia investments are driven by five-year Strategic RD&E Plans that address the needs of industries and stakeholders to 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 partnerships.  

In planning and submitting proposals for AgriFutures Australia-funded projects, prospective researchers need to familiarise themselves with the application procedures, AgriFutures overarching priorities and objectives, the priorities and objectives of the relevant RD&E Program, and the specific priorities for RD&E 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.  

Activity Date
Open call issued Monday, 13 December 2021
Closing time for respondent’s response Thursday, 17 February 2022
Intended completion date of evaluation of Preliminary Research Proposals Thursday, 10 March 2022
Respondents notified of Preliminary Research Proposal assessments Monday, 14 March 2022
FRP submission period Thursday, 17 March 2022 – Thursday, 19 May 2022
Intended completion date of evaluation of Final Research Proposals Thursday, 9 June 2022
Negotiations with respondents (if applicable) Monday, 13 June 2022
Contract execution Friday, 15 July 2022
Date of commencement of project Monday, 1 August 2022

RD&E priorities

AgriFutures Australia welcomes Preliminary Research Proposals that address one or more of the strategies within RD&E Priority 1, Priority 2 or Priority 3 and the respective objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Export Fodder Strategic RD&E Plan 2021-2026. Please see the key priorities listed below and refer to the Plan for more detail.   

Priority 1 – Production of high-quality export-grade fodder  

Priority 2 – Continued access to export markets 

Priority 3 – Supporting innovation across the supply chain 

AgriFutures encourages applicants to consider current Export Fodder Program investments, which address some of the strategies outlined under these Priorities, when developing their proposals.  

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess your application and will have equal weighting applied:

  • How relevant is the project to the research priorities of AgriFutures Australia?
  • How relevant is the project to the research priorities of the Program?
  • How important do you think it is for AgriFutures Australia to invest in this research?
  • How much value do the benefits of this research provide to industry?
  • How important is this research to industry?
  • Was the industry consulted or were adequate industry letters of support required?
  • How important are the expected outcomes of this project to industry?
  • How important are the outputs/deliverables from this project to the industry?
  • Assess the value for money for this project.
  • Assess the project design – how conceptually sound and technically feasible is the project?
  • Assess the potential for adoption in industry.
  • Assess the potential for commercial pathways.
  • Assess the value of any potential IP resulting from this project.
  • Assess the capability of the Project Lead.
  • Assess the experience of the Project Lead.
  • Assess the capability of the Research Organisation.
  • Assess the experience of the Research Organisation.

Proposals should clearly indicate the following:

  • How the research will contribute to improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the Australian export fodder industry; either through production of high-quality export-grade fodder, continued access to export markets, supporting innovation across the supply chain, or increased adoption of R&D outputs by industry.
  • Project benefits for export fodder supply chain participants.
  • A detailed project plan – including timelines, how the project will be conducted and how this will meet the requirements of the Open Call.
  • 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., how adoption will take place within the industry, beyond the distribution of project summaries and presentations
  • Where relevant, proposals should include collaboration with experts in the field, which may not be located in Australia.
  • The researchers capability and deep 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 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 K2.

How to make a submission

Applications for this Open Call for Research must be submitted online using the PRP application in K2.

New users need to register for access to the K2 platform, please note the provision of login details may take up to two business days. 

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

To see K2 user guides, please visit K2 guides and login | AgriFutures Australia  

 

If you require assistance, please contact helpdesk@agrifutures.com.au

Terms of reference

AgriFutures Australia uses standard form contracts and agreements for projects and research procured by AgriFutures Australia. These contracts and agreements set out the terms on which AgriFutures Australia will engage successful applicants to carry out the project. 

Applicants must be familiar with the contracts and agreements before submitting a response, and are advised to seek legal advice beforehand. 

These contracts and agreements have been developed to reflect AgriFutures Australia’s statutory and other procurement responsibilities. 

If you require any amendments to the standard agreement please complete the statement of non-compliance for each of the relevant clause. AgriFutures will then assess those requests. 

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 Erin Hulm, Manager, Legal Services: erin.hulm@agrifutures.com.au  

Contact

Should you have any questions about the Open Call, please contact the Coordinator, Research prior to 5pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 16 February 2022 (for questions relating to making a submission in K2, please email helpdesk@agrifutures.com.au). 

The Coordinator, Research will take questions via email or phoneresponse, along with the question, will be posted in the Frequently Asked Questions section, below, within 24hours of receival. Individual responses will not be provided.   

Contact

Paiton Morphett 
Coordinator, Research  
0447 036 709 
paiton.morphett@agrifutures.com.au  

The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Open Call closes on Thursday, 17 February 2022 at 12 noon (AEST).

 

Frequently asked questions

Question: I am inquiring about the call for research: Export Fodder program (https://www.agrifutures.com.au/researchers/open-call-for-research-agrifutures-fcr/). Could you advise where to find information about the project duration and grant amount for the three priorities?

Answer: AgriFutures Export Fodder Program has not set an explicit project duration. The project duration will be informed by the work to be undertaken. However, AgriFutures will not consider projects of more than five years duration. AgriFutures has not provided a total budget nor a budget against each of the three priorities. AgriFutures anticipates that the work being undertaken will inform the budget.

 

Question: I would like to register my interest for the aforementioned research project however I am having difficulty in registering via website.

Answer: The current AgriFutures Export Fodder Open Call requires applicants to develop research projects in line with one of the three Priorities of the AgriFutures Export Fodder Strategic RD&E Plan, listed above. More information on the research priorities for the AgriFutures Export Fodder Program can be found in the AgriFutures Export Fodder Strategic RD&E Plan, here: https://www.agrifutures.com.au/product/agrifutures-export-fodder-program-strategic-rde-plan-2021-2026/

For information on registering and making a submission to the Open Call via K2, please see the following link: https://www.agrifutures.com.au/researchers/k2-guides/

If you require still assistance, please contact helpdesk@agrifutures.com.au

 

Question: When do applications for the AgriFutures Export Fodder Open Call need to be submitted?

Answer: The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Open Call closes on Thursday, 17 February 2022 at 12 noon (AEST).