New research ideas sought to benefit Australian sugarcane industry

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) is seeking new and innovative research ideas that will help improve the productivity and profitability of Australian sugarcane growers and millers.

SRA is the industry-owned corporation for research, development and adoption for the Australian sugarcane industry, and one of the 15 Rural RDCs. Each year it invests in targeted activities that will deliver benefits on-farm and at the mill.

SRA is now putting the call out for applications for new research projects that would begin from July 1, 2017 onwards.

SRA CEO Mr Neil Fisher said that research ideas are sought within identified priority areas that aligned with the SRA strategic plan and four Impact Areas.

“SRA has analysed our current portfolio of research activity, and the current call for projects is being prioritised toward new projects that would fill a gap in our existing research knowledge,” Mr Fisher said.

“We encourage researchers and research institutions to put their best ideas forward so that we can create real benefit for growers and millers.

“We also seek projects that have been developed in consultation with industry, that have a focus on collaboration, and would require an investment that is realistic in relation to the potential outcomes.”

More information on the SRA strategic plan and four Impact Areas is available on the SRA website, www.sugarresearch.com.au.

Information on how to apply is also available from the SRA website, or you can call the SRA Research Funding Unit on (07) 3331 3333 or funding@sugarresearch.com.au.

Applications opened on September 1, 2016, and they will close on October 9, 2016.

SRA will run a two stage selection process that begins with the submission of preliminary research proposals (PRPs), and then successful PRP applicants will be invited to submit a final research proposal (FRP).

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