Applications for science awards are now open

Grant applications are now open for the 2023 Science and Innovation Awards for Youth in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 and want to make a difference in Australia’s agricultural industries, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project.

The science awards support young innovators, scientists, researchers, extension officers, industry advisers and others actively engaged in the agricultural sector who have an original project that will contribute to the success and sustainability of Australian agricultural industries.

Grants of $22,000 are offered in each of 12 award categories with a total of $264,000 in grants for youth in agriculture, fishing and forestry.

Applications are open to young Australians between the ages of 18 and 35, working or studying in a related industry, to undertake a project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will contribute to the success and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture, fishing and forestry.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Senator Murray Watt said creative ideas were key to the continued success of Australia’s agricultural industries.

“These grants provide funding to move projects from concept to research and testing that will produce real results for the agricultural sector,” said Minister Watt.

“It’s exciting to help usher in the next generation of Aussies into our primary production industries and I will be watching the applications with great interest.”

The scientific awards also define the career and research profile of successful applicants, who gain experience in writing applications, budget planning, managing a 12-month project, media exposure, engagement with industry and other researchers, and future plans.

Since their launch in 2001, the Science and Innovation Awards have helped 284 young researchers, innovators and scientists bring their ideas to life with more than $4.7 million in grants.

For more information and to apply, visit

Applications close at 5:00 p.m. AEST, Friday, September 23, 2022.

The categories and their sponsors are:

Innovation and technology ready for adoption, sponsored by AgriFutures Australia

Eggs and poultry (layers) – sponsored by Australian Eggs

Red Meat Processing – sponsored by Australian Meat Processor Corporation

Pork – sponsored by Australian Pork Limited

Wool – sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation

Cotton – sponsored by Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Biosecurity and Digital Innovation – sponsored by CSIRO Digital Innovation in Biosecurity

Fisheries and Aquaculture – sponsored by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

Forest & Wood Products – sponsored by Forest & Wood Products Australia

Grains – sponsored by Grains Research and Development Corporation

Horticulture – sponsored by Hort Innovation

Viticulture and oenology proudly sponsored by Wine Australia

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