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2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

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Science and Innovation Awards




Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Close Date & Time:
2-Oct-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
111004 - Rural Development
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Selection Process:
Open Competitive


Grant applications are now open for the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers, innovators and others active in agriculture with original projects that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.  The Science Awards have already helped 261 young Australians make their ideas a reality and showcase their talent to the world.

There are ten industry Science Award categories open for applications: biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); forest and wood products; grains; horticulture; meat and livestock; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

Each category includes a $22,000 grant and is generously supported by the research and development corporations and industry organisations as our Science Award partners.

Winners of the industry category Science Awards are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management’s Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project.


Open to those 18-35 years who are working or studying in an agriculture, fisheries or foresty industry.  Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements:  

  • be aged 18-35 (inclusive) by the closing date.
  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents by the closing date.
  • be working of rstyding in an agriculture, fisheries or forestry related industry.  Proof may be requested.  

An applicant is ineligible if they are: 

  • employed by a sponsoring organisation in the award category they are applying for.
  • have an immediate family member (sibling or parent) who is employed by a sponsoring organisataion in that award category. 
  • employed by a Non Corporate Commonwealth entity.  

Employees of Corporate Commonwealth entities are eligible. Employees of Non Corporate Commonwealth entities are ineligible. Check the Department of Finance and the Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies.

New Zealand citizens currently permanently residing in Australia prior to 26 February 2001 and have been living in Australia permanently since then, are eligible to apply. New Zealand citizens who arrived on or after 26.02.2001 are not eligible unless they hold an Australian permanent resident visa. New Zealand citizens are generally granted a Special Category Visa (subclass 444) on arrival in Australia. This visa allows you to remain indefinitely and live, work and study in Australia. It is a temporary visa and does not afford permanent residency status. Under the bilateral social security arrangement on 26.02.2001, the Australian Government announced that New Zealand citizens who arrive in Australia on or after 26.02.2001 must apply for, and be granted, Australian permanent residency. For more information visitDepartment of Immigration and Border Protection.

The age range of 18–35 years is considered to have an exemption under the Age Discrimination Act 2004.


Grant Activity Timeframe:

12 months.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $22,000.00 to $22,000.00

Instructions for Application Submission:

Complete your application by 5pm AEST Friday 2 October 2020 via the online portal.

Need advice? Contact the Science Awards team at or phone 02 6272 2260 / 02 6272 2303.

Other Instructions:

Read the Science Awards guidelines (including eligibility and assessment criteria), information for applicants, FAQs and profiles of the Science Award partners before applying. All applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria.

Visit the Department of Finance Website if you wish to see the Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement template that a successful applicant will be required to sign.

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