Grants to Realise Big Ideas for Agriculture from Young Rural Innovators

Publish Date: Sep 28, 2016

Deadline: Oct 14, 2016

About the award

Grant applications are now open for the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, launched the 2017 Awards​.

The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers and innovators with original projects that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries. The Science Awards have already helped more than 210 young Australians make their ideas a reality and showcase their talent to the world.

There are 11 industry Science Award categories open for applications: cotton; dairy; established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; grains; health and biosecurity; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool. Each category includes a $22,000 grant, and is generously supported by the research and development corporations and industry organisations as our Science Award partners.

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.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to young people between 18 and 35 years, who are working, employed or studying in agriculture, fisheries or forestry related industries.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 18 and 35 (inclusive) on Friday 14 October 2016.
  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents (proof required) by the closing date.
  • be working, employed or studying in an agriculture, fisheries or forestry related industry (including food and sustainable natural resource management). Proof such as a letter of employment, scholarship or pay slip may be requested.
  • not be employed by a sponsoring organisation in the award category they are applying for, and not have an immediate family member (eg a sibling or parent) who is employed by a sponsoring organisation in their selected award category.
  • not be employed by an Australian Government agency classified as a Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.


  • Employees of entities that are classified as Corporate Commonwealth entities are eligible for the Awards.
  • Employees of entities classified as Non Corporate Commonwealth entities are ineligible for the Awards.
  • Corporate Commonwealth entities are legally separate from the Commonwealth, whereas non-Corporate Commonwealth entities are part of the Commonwealth (see PGPA Act, Section 11).
  • For advice on the entities and how your employer is classified, visit the Department of Finance’s website and the document
  • List of GGS, PNFC and PFC entities under the PGPA Act.
  • If you remain unsure about your eligibility, please contact the Science Awards team.

How to apply

Applicants can obtain an application form.

Applicants should ensure that all parts of the application form are completed and signed prior to lodgement.

Applications must be submitted to Science Awards AND

be submitted using the 2017 application form
be lodged by 5.00pm AEDT 14 October 2016.
be supplied in Word or pdf formats only.
Illegible, faxed or late applications will not be accepted. Failures in email and IT systems are not considered grounds for accepting late applications.

Failure to meet all requirements and provide all information requested will result in an application not being considered.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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