AgriFutures™ Thoroughbred Horse Program Open Call

AgriFutures Australia investments are driven by five-year 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™ Thoroughbred Horse Program.

The AgriFutures™ Thoroughbred Horse Program open call opens Monday 12 August and closes 12 noon (AEST) Thursday 12 September 2019.

Open call overview

AgriFutures Australia investments are driven by five-year 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™ Thoroughbred Horse Program.

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 RD&E program and the specific priorities for RD&E 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.

The AgriFutures™ Thoroughbred Horse Program open call opens Monday 12 August and closes 12 noon (AEST) Thursday 12 September 2019.

2019/20 Research proposals

Any proposals that do not address the stated priorities may be rejected or deferred at the discretion of AgriFutures Australia.

Where numerous proposals are received to address a single priority during an open call, AgriFutures Australia will undertake a preliminary assessment to determine which proposals will progress to the Advisory Panel for review. Proposals that are deemed to insufficiently address the priority will be rejected or deferred at the discretion of AgriFutures Australia.

To improve industry engagement with the research, and ultimately improve the adoption of research outcomes, contracted projects may have a steering committee selected by AgriFutures Australia.

RD&E objectives

AgriFutures Australia welcomes Preliminary Research Proposals, including post-graduate scholarships, which address one or more of the strategies within the three RD&E objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Interim Thoroughbred RD&E Plan 2017-2022.

The broad RD&E objectives are:

  • Continue to improve breeding outcomes and foal health and development.
  • Reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites in horses.
  • Improve the safety of industry participants and the welfare of horses and enhance the sustainability of the industry.
  • Promote education and training for the horse industry through opportunities for training researchers and by effective communication of RD&E to horse industry stakeholders.
  • Industry planning, economic benefit studies and market research.
  • Reduce injury and breakdown of horses in work and training.

 

Proposals should clearly indicate the following:

  • The project benefits for breeders.
  • 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.

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: helpdesk@agrifutures.com.au

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: louise.heaslip@agrifutures.com.au

Contact

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
Annelies.McGaw@agrifutures.com.au

The AgriFutures™ Thoroughbred Program open call closes 12 noon (AEDT) Thursday 12 of September 2019.