Department of Agriculture & Water Resources: 2020 Science & Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

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 250 young Australians make their ideas a reality and showcase their talent to the world.

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


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 or studying 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 organisation in that award category.
  • employed by a Non Corporate Commonwealth entity.

Value of the Award

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’s Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project.

Submission Requirements & Due Date

Applications are submitted directly to the Sponsor by 4 October 2019.

If you decide to apply for this award, please contact DVCR Schemes.

Prior to submission please ensure that your University of Adelaide Researcher Profile page is up to date.

Further Information

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