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Investing in agriculture’s next gen of smart minds

A $220,000 grants program, targeted at the sharpest young minds in agriculture, fisheries and forestry, opens today.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards help bring the next generation of big ideas to life, with projects sought from 18-35 year old researchers, scientist, innovators and others active in the agriculture sector.

“Agriculture is vitally important, especially as our nation recovers from the affects of COVID-19.”

“There are a range of unique challenges that affect our ag industries, its important we continue to innovate in order to increase the sustainability and productivity of the agricultural sector.”

The Australian Government is funding individual grants of up to $22,000 across 11 categories to help develop the best new ideas.

The Science and Innovation Awards have helped 261 young researchers, innovators and scientists turn their ideas into reality with just over $4 million in grant funding since the initiative’s launch in 2001.

Ten industry award categories are available in the 2021 round, with each winner to receive a grant of up to $22,000.

For more information or to apply visit

Applications close at 5pm Friday 2 October 2020.



I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.