2015 Science and Innovation Awards now open

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, is encouraging young scientists working on agricultural research projects in Pearce to apply for the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards.

Mr Porter said the awards encourage young scientists aged 18-35 to advance their careers and collaborate with rural industries and tertiary and government sectors.

“Young people living in Pearce have fantastic job opportunities in the agricultural sector and, as a Government, we want to support and encourage innovation in this important industry,” Mr Porter said.

“The future of our local agricultural sector lies in the research, development and innovation of our young scientists and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunities these grants can provide for our local community.”

Since starting in 2001, more than 190 young Australians have benefited from funding grants towards their research. Last year’s projects included electronic boundaries for livestock, automated irrigation systems for cotton growers and a micro-scale spectrometer to detect water stress in vine leaves.

There are 12 industry award categories, each of which provides a grant of up to $22,000 to each successful award recipient.

Applications close on 3 October 2014. The Science and Innovation Awards are presented as part of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) annual Outlook conference.

For further information, including application forms and a list of award supporters, visit http://www.daff.gov.au/abares/pages/conferences-events/scienceawards/guidelines.aspx