Approved projects - Round 4

Round four, Rural R&D for Profit summary of approved projects

On 21 March 2019, the Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, approved funding of $39.65 million from 2018‑19 to 2021‑22 for ten projects under round four of the Rural R&D for Profit program. This funding will be matched by more than $64 million in cash and in-kind contributions from research and development corporations and their project partners.

The successful projects will contribute to the program objective – to realise productivity and profitability improvements for primary producers.

The application period for the fourth round of funding opened on 10 August 2018 and closed 5 November 2018. There will be no further funding rounds.

Project titleApplicantGrant funding awarded
(GST excl)
Applicant/partner contributions (GST excl.)Contributors
Closing the Loop, Black Soldier Fly technology to convert agricultural waste into high quality fertiliser and soil improversAustralian Pork Limited$1,712,000 $856,000 cash
$1,599,278 in-kind
University of Western Australia, Dairy Australia, Fisheries Research & Development Corporation, Australian Eggs Limited, Future Green Solutions, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland, AgriFutures Australia, Australian Meat Processor Corporation
Novel technologies and practises for the optimisation of pollination within protected cropping environmentsHorticulture Innovation Australia Limited$4,318,514 $2,175,757 cash
$2,385,723 in-kind
University of Adelaide, Apple and Pear Growers SA, G2 Netting System, Plant & Food Research Australia Pty Limited, University of Tasmania, Hansens Orchards, Reid Fruits, SeedPurity, South Pacific Seeds, Department of Industry (NSW Department of Primary Industries), University of New England, Protected Cropping Australia Ltd, Daintree Fresh, Australian Lychee Growers Association, Australian Blueberry Growers Association/Berries Australia Limited, Costa Group
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 2Cotton Research and Development Corporation$7,131,037 $5,581,5 27 cash
$ 7,799,759 in-kind
Dairy Australia, Sugar Research Australia, AgriFutures Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, CSIRO, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Deakin University, University of Southern Queensland, Agriculture Victoria, Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association, NSW Department of Primary Industries
Honey bee genetic improvement programRural Industries Research and Development Corporation (AgriFutures Australia)$1,646,838$1,372,500 cash
$721,223 in-kind
NSW Department of Primary Industries, University of Sydney, University of New England, Wheen Bee Foundation, Better Bees WA
Developing and commercialising advanced measurement technologies and feedback systems into globally competitive Australian meat value chainsMeat & Livestock Australia Limited$5,420,000 $5,420,000 cash
$8,203,427 in-kind
Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Murdoch University, Australian Pork Limited, PorkScan PTY LTD, University of Adelaide, Woolworths, JBS Australia, Teys Australia, Fletcher International Exports, Gundagai Meat Processors, Stockyard, WAMMCO, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, Department of Primary Industries NSW, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Victoria, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA, University of New England, University of Melbourne, University of Technology Sydney, Frontmatec Group, Angus Australia, Scott Automation and Robotics, Thomas Foods International, Coles
Area Wide Management for cropping systems weeds, investigating the weed management, social and economic opportunityGrains Research and Development Corporation$1,867,219 $933,610 cash
$1,130,653 in-kind
Cotton Research and Development Corporation, AgriFutures Australia, CSIRO, University of New England, University of Queensland, University of Adelaide, Millmerran Landcare Group, Irrigation Research & Extension Committee Inc, Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc, Toowoomba Regional Council
Underpinning agricultural productivity and biosecurity by weed biological controlRural Industries Research and Development Corporation (AgriFutures Australia)
$7,492,034 $3,746,928 cash
$4,603,608 in-kind
Grains Research and Development Corporation, Meat & Livestock Australia, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, CSIRO, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources, AgForce, Bundaberg Regional Council, Castlereagh Macquarie County Council, Cramond Clan Environmental Consultants, Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils, Gympie Regional Council, Hancock Queensland Plantations Pty Ltd, Hudson Pear Taskforce, Landcare Research, Malanda Beef Plan Group Inc, Mareeba Shire Council, Noosa & District Landcare Group Inc, NSW Environmental Trust, NSW Weed Biocontrol Taskforce, Primary Industries and Regions SA, South East Queensland Water, South East Local Land Services NSW, SunWater, Tablelands Regional Council, TasWeed Biocontrol, University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, US Department of Agriculture
Biorefineries for profit -Phase 2Sugar Research Australia Limited$800,000 $400,000 cash
$445,595 in-kind
Queensland University of Technology, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, Rivalea Australia, Mercurius Australia Pty Ltd, Bioproton Pty Ltd
Boosting diagnostic capacity for plant production industriesGrains Research and Development Corporation$4,600,000 $3,044,786 cash
$8,064,592 in-kind
Sugar Research Australia, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Wine Australia, Forests and Wood Products Australia, AgriFutures Australia, Horticulture Innovation Australia, Plant Health Australia, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Department of Primary Industries NSW, South Australia Research and Development Institute, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, CSIRO, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Plant and Food Research New Zealand, Cesar Pty Ltd, AusVeg, BioProtection Research NZ
Multi-scale Monitoring Tools for Managing Australian Tree Crops
- Phase 2
Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited$4,660,821 $3,187,549 cash
$3,121,492 in-kind
Department of Industry trading as Department of Primary Industries (DPI), University of New England, Tie Up Farming, Australian Mango Industry Association, Australian Banana Growers Council, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Central Queensland University, Australian Olive Association, Australian Macadamia Society, University of Queensland (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, under the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program), Ceres Imaging