Grants and Opportunities – 2017 Science and Innovation Awards


Applications for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 2017 Science and Innovation Awards are now open.

If you are aged 18 to 35, and focused on Agriculture, Fisheries and/or Forestry by way of research, innovation or science, you are invited to nominate for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund a project aimed at benefiting Australia’s primary industries.

There are 11 industry Science Award categories to which you can you nominate, including:

  • Cotton
  • Dairy
  • Emerging, new and established rural industries
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Grains
  • Health and biosecurity
  • Meat and livestock
  • Pork
  • Red meat processing
  • Viticulture and oenology, and
  • Wool.

Winners in any category will subsequently be invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Award, which will provide additional funding for further research.

For more information, including details on how to nominate, please visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

La Trobe Accelerator Program

On 29 August, the Victoria State Government committed $1 million through its LaunchVic initiative to fund an entrepreneur development program through La Trobe University. La Trobe, in partnership with Deakin University and Federation University Australia, will invite emerging entrepreneurs in regional Victoria to participate in what has been named the La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP).

LTAP will operate from each of La Trobe Uni’s campuses – in Bendigo, Shepparton and Albury-Wodonga – helping to overcome geographical barriers faced by fledgeling entrepreneurs. The program will commence in 2017, with the selection of 10 start-up companies that will be awarded funding of $20,000 in addition to mentoring and networking opportunities, industry experience and office space, to help new entrepreneurs to innovate and grow jobs in regional areas of Victoria.