Dairy Australia accepts applications for R&D projects from individuals and organisations worldwide. Applications are judged on the perceived benefits to the Australian dairy industry and potential for success.
We will consider funding applications that address one or more of our Core Objectives (as set out in the Dairy Australia Strategic Plan):
- Increase farm productivity.
- Maintain and develop high margin markets, channels and products.
- Promote and protect the unique benefits of dairy.
Applications should be made by the organisation conducting the proposed research. For example, applications from universities should be submitted through their central office or research secretariat. Where several organisations are collaborating in research projects, one organisation should take responsibility for the project and subcontract part of the research to the other organisation(s).
Duration of Research Projects
Ideally the duration of projects is 1-3 years. Extended projects may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
The round for submitting Preliminary Applications for projects opens August 1st and will close September 30th each year. Those applicants that are successful at the preliminary stage will be invited to submit a Full Application. The expected start date for successful applicants would be in the following financial year.
Applications to More Than One R&D Corporation
If you are applying for joint funding from two or more R&D corporations, you should determine the most appropriate ‘lead’ corporation and prepare the funding submission in the way directed by that corporation. For example, if Dairy Australia is being asked to fund more than 50 per cent of the project, then we should be considered the lead corporation. On the other hand, if we are being asked for less than 50 per cent of the total cost, we will accept proposals in the format sent by other corporations.
Please check with the lead corporation to determine whether it distributes copies of your funding submission to other R&D corporations or if you are expected to do this. Please inform all the relevant parties that you are seeking joint funding.
Where You Can Get Help
At any stage during the preparation of your application, we encourage you to approach Dairy Australia staff for help. They can advise you of the types of projects that are likely to be supported. Such discussions may be helpful in preparing your Preliminary Application or before finalising the Full Application.
For more information, please contact Dairy Australia.