Researchers encouraged to bring their best ideas to the Australian sugarcane industry

sraSugar Research Australia Ltd (SRA) is calling for applications for research projects that will help build the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the Australian sugarcane industry.

Applications must address one or more of the eight Key Focus Areas in SRA’s five-year Strategic Plan said Professor Alan Johnson AM, Chair, Research Funding Panel, SRA.

“It is important that the research SRA funds delivers a significant return on the project investment to industry, and practical outcomes that can be easily taken up on the farm and at the mill,” said Professor Johnson.

“I would like to encourage participants from within our industry, and researchers and research organisations from the sugar and other agricultural sectors, to put their best ideas forward.”

The eight Key Focus Areas for strategic investment are:

  1. Optimally-adapted varieties, plant breeding and release
  2. Soil health and nutrient management
  3. Pest, disease and weed management
  4. Farming systems and production management
  5. Milling efficiency and technology
  6. Product diversification and value addition
  7. Knowledge and technology transfer and adoption
  8. Capability development, attraction and retention

Successful applications must clearly outline how their project aligns with the Key Focus Areas and the industry need that it addresses. The outcomes the research will deliver and how adoption will be maximised must also be clearly explained.

“This is a new era of investing in industry’s knowledge where every dollar counts.”

“We are fully committed to only funding research projects that deliver real value to SRA’s members, levy payers and the broader industry, and contribute to triple bottom line results,” concluded Professor Johnson.
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