2014 Science and Innovation Awards calling for last applications

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The awards, organised by the Department of Agriculture is open to young scientists and innovators nationwide with inspiring ideas that could transform the agriculture industry.

2014 Science and Innovation Awards calling for last applications
The Department of Agriculture is awarding up to $22,000 for aspiring young agriculturalists to bring their ideas for Australia's agriculture industry to life.

Applications for the awards close on November 8 2013.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce says applicants should get their entries in quick to be considered for grants of up to $22,000 to bring their ideas for Australian agriculture to life.

"Applications are closing soon for project proposals for grants, which can be used for a range of activities, including study, training, research projects, industry visits, conferences and workshops," he says.

"We know our young people are passionate about the future of our primary industries and these awards will help them bring their ideas to fruition and will also help advance their careers."

The Science and Innovation Awards support young people aged 18 to 35 and are awarded by industry categories, such as red meat processing, pork, biosecurity, cotton, dairy, fisheries, aquaculture, livestock, grain, viticulture, wool, sugar and emerging rural industries.

Since commencement of the award in 2001, more than 180 young Australians have benefited from the grants.

Previous projects include investigating eel aquaculture, reducing piglet mortality rates and reserahc into improved heat tolerance and water use for cotton cultivars.

"I am looking forward to seeing the range of innovative project proposals that will be submitted this year and how these aim to improve the profitability and sustainability of our agriculture industries," Joyce adds.

One industry category award winner will be presented with the Minister for Agriculture Award.

Applicants need to complete an additional process to qualify for the award that enables the recipient to further develop their research project.

Successful applicants of the 2014 Science and Innovations Awards will be publicly acknowledged at the 2014 Outlook conference dinner on Tuesday March 5 2014.

For further information or to apply, visit the 2014 Science and Innovation awards website or email scienceawards@daff.gov.au

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