Grower Group R&D Grants Program

The Grower Group R&D Grants Program is a major component of the $22.1 million Agricultural Sciences R&D Fund, managed by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), with Royalties for Regions investment.

Expressions of interest for Round 2 of the Grower Group R&D Grants Program is now open. Applications must be submitted online using the SmartyGrants program. See below for more details on eligiblity and how to apply. Expression of interest applications close on Friday, 10 February 2017.

Round 2 now open - what funding is available and to who?

  • Up to $10.5 million will be invested in Round 2
  • Only WA-based, incorporated grower groups, and not-for profit, farmer-driven organisations with an Australian Business Number (ABN), are eligible to apply
  • While commercial companies, non-agricultural not-for profits and public sector research institutions are not eligible to apply in their own right, their participation as a project partner/collaborator is strongly encouraged
  • Individual grants are between $20 000 - $500 000
  • Projects must be completed before 31 March 2019
  • Before submitting your application, ensure you have read the Information toolkit, Submission guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions located on the right hand side of this page.

How to apply for funding?

Round 2 Expressions of interest from eligible organisations must be submitted online using the SmartyGrants program. Applications are open from Monday, 5 December, 2016 and close at 12noon Friday, 10 February 2017.

A two-stage selection process will be used:

  • Stage 1 Expressions of interest (EOI) – each EOI application will be assessed by the expert selection panel who will recommend a shortlist of projects to progress to Stage 2.
  • Stage 2 Full project proposal – shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a detailed proposal for assessment by the expert selection panel.

About the Grower Group R&D Grants Program

The Grower Group R&D Grants Program is a major component of the $22.1 million Agricultural Sciences R&D Fund, managed by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), with Royalties for Regions investment.

The Fund seeks to generate profitability and growth in the agrifood sector through:

  • targeted, industry-driven R&D on key drivers of productivity and competitiveness
  • strategic development of industry’s capability through supply chains
  • access to new markets, particularly high value Asian markets.

The goal of the Grower Group R&D Grants Program is to better equip WA’s agrifood businesses to:

  • improve productivity
  • intensify and expand operations
  • access capital
  • pursue new market opportunities
  • make more informed investment decisions
  • increase jobs in regional Western Australia.

The Grower Groups R&D Grants Program is different to traditional agricultural R&D programs, which have focused predominantly on the productivity and profitability of agricultural production on-farm.

This program aims to stimulate research and innovation along supply and value chains so our agricultural exports remain competitive, and grow their share and value in international markets.

Round 1 Grower Group R&D Grant projects

The Grower Group R&D Grants Program awarded $6.7 million to 16 grower groups across WA in its inaugural round.Click here to view the list of successful projects from Round 1.

Additional resources

Below is a list of resources which may assist you in developing your project proposal. DAFWA does not endorse the views expressed in any of the media below but provides the material as relevant background information for consideration by potential applicants to the Grower Groups R&D Program.

Value Chains and Key Success Factors

A practical video presentation given by Professor Andrew Fearne of Kent Business School. The concept of the value chain is introduced and the distinction between value chains and supply chains is clearly described in a short and entertaining video.

New Zealand Food and Beverage Information Project

The Project provides market intelligence on the New Zealand Food & Beverage sector to enable businesses to take advantage of international opportunities and emerging markets.   The reports available via this link may help you to:

  • conduct market research
  • review and inform international market development strategies
  • understand an industry sector.

Winning Through the Supply Chain – From Chasing Price to Adding Value in the F&A Sector

The defining characteristic of dedicated supply chains is a shared commitment between companies to work closely together, generally from one end of the chain to the other. Dedicated supply chains involved companies who normally interact but have made the decision to cooperate differently. They do this because they see more value in closer, more formalised cooperation than in working alone. Many short and practical case studies are included from page 19 onwards.

Evolving a Truly Customer Centric Industry

Working closely with customers also presents an opportunity to optimise the supply chain so that value creation back to the producer is optimised.

Transforming Agricultural Supply Chains – Lessons learned in unlocking long-term value - from farmer to retailer

Addresses how to connect supply chains and implement best practice to deliver change on the ground and how to meet the needs of the retailer and the supply chain, not just of the farmer, in order to create sustainable change.


Contact information

Agricultural Sciences R&D Fund
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