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 have now closed.

Grower Group Grants Round 2

  • 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

Resources to help applicants progressing to full submission 

Some resources have been made available to help applicants prepare for full submission.
These are:

  • A word version of the smarty grants application form to provide applicants with the advantages of a word processing approach while they are developing their drafts. Once they have their final draft they can cut and paste the text into smarty grants.
  • An excel file to assist applicants to plan thier project using excel.

These files are available to download from the right hand side of the web page.

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
Page last updated: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 11:54am