Calling O’Connor’s young scientific innovators


YOUNG agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers from across O’Connor are invited to submit their agricultural research project ideas for a chance to share in up to $286,000 in grant funding.

The Science and Innovation Awards help Australia’s innovative 18-35 year olds turn their scientific ideas into reality.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is urging young scientists in his electorate to put forward ideas for improving the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of their industries.

“Many of the best new ideas come directly from passionate young people already working in those industries,” Mr Wilson said.

“The 2019 Science and Innovation Awards recognise those big ideas that contribute to the success of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.

“Each winner from the 13 industry award categories will receive a grant of up to $22,000, which could go a long way to making their ideas become reality.”

The 13 industry award categories are: cotton, dairy, eggs and poultry (layers), established, new and emerging rural industries, fisheries and aquaculture, forest and wood products, grains, health and biosecurity, meat and livestock, pork, red meat processing, viticulture and oenology and wool.

Each award category is supported by the award partners including AgriFutures Australia, Australian Eggs, Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, Australian Wool Innovation, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, Dairy Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Forest & Wood Products Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Meat & Livestock Australia and Wine Australia.

Winners of the industry category Science Awards are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources’ Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project.

Since they were launched in 2001, the Science and Innovation Awards have helped more than 230, 18-35 year old researchers, innovators and scientists turn their ideas into reality through more than $3.7 million in grant funding.

Applications close on Friday, October 12. Recipients will receive their awards as part of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Outlook 2019 conference in Canberra.

For further information on the awards, and on how to apply, visit


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