[ASC-media] GRDC INVESTING IN THE FUTURE: GRDC Media Release

BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Sep 4 05:21:46 CEST 2008


GRDC Media Release – 4/9/08



GRDC INVESTING IN THE FUTURE



Creative WA researchers, who can deliver innovative solutions to assist
Australian grain growers remain globally competitive, are invited to form
partnerships with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).



Applications are invited from research organisations, farmer groups and
individuals through its Investment Plan 2009-2010 (Open and Multi-stage
Tenders) for projects to start in 2010.



GRDC Chairman, Keith Perrett said the GRDC invested about $25 million, or
one fifth of its annual budget, in WA alone.



GRDC Western Panel Chairman and Kojonup grower, Neil Young said the GRDC was
looking for the “best possible answer” and he encouraged all innovators to
enter the tender process.



Mr Young said many research priorities had a national focus, such as
breeding for better fertiliser efficiency and insect and disease resistance,
but some projects were tailored to the Western Region, including:



·          integrated pest management in landscapes

·          integrated pest management research and training

·          water use efficient farming systems

·          western agribusiness trial extension network

·          training and demonstration of precision agriculture

·          grain storage extension

·          delivery of technical workshops

·          enhanced communication and extension activities



Rural R&D priorities were finalised earlier in the year, based on the GRDC
Strategic R&D Plan 2007-2012, Prosperity Through Innovation, developed in
consultation with stakeholders through regional panels and program teams.



Mr Perrett said priorities included climate change, productivity growth,
supply chain and markets, natural resource management and biosecurity.



“Innovative skills and technology development and their adoption to increase
farm profitability and sustainability are also priorities,” he said.



Expressions of Interest are invited from potential research partners in
Stage One of the Open and Multi Stage Tender Process.





Priority investments are listed on the GRDC website
www.grdc.com.au/director/apply along with the Tender form.



Tenders must be submitted electronically to tenders at grdc.com.au and a signed
hard copy posted to Contracts Coordinator, GRDC, PO Box 5367, Kingston, ACT
2604.



Applications close for all projects, except Next Generation of Beneficial
Microbes, at 2pm AEST, Thursday, October 2.



Later in the application process, researchers applying for funding should
use the electronic application forms (eForms) available under the
Replying/Reporting tab on the GRDC website.



The new eForms will capture information on environmental, social and
economic risks and benefits and will include additional spatial and
crop-type information to assist GRDC reporting research outcomes to growers
and government.



Project specification, final reports and progress reports have updated
eForms to enhance information flow, increase delivery efficiency of research
outcomes and improve the application process.



www.grdc.com.au


Authorised by GRDC and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant & Associates,
Tel 08 9384 1122
MEDIA CONTACTS: Keith Perrett, Tel 02 6166 4500

Neil Young, Mob 0428 918 766



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