Apply for funding
Applications for the 2024 round of funding have now closed.
Applicants for SAGIT funding must read the funding guidelines before preparing their application.
SAGIT has always had a transparent and objective process of calling for projects and selection. The trustees appreciate it is grower money they are handling and therefore treat the selection process with the openness and transparency it deserves.
The trust is required to use the funds for research, development and extension into the growing, harvesting, storage, processing and marketing of grain in SA in order to increase profitability and sustainability of the grains industry. Preference is given to projects which provide benefit to South Australian growers, but is not limited to the state.
SAGIT has an open call for projects to benefit SA grain growers and the wider SA grains industry. SAGIT encourages innovative ideas from the research community, grower groups and grains industry participants.
As a guide, applicants are encouraged to review current SAGIT projects and the GPSA Grains Industry Blueprint. SAGIT, in association with GPSA and PIRSA, has identified the following issues as being of particular significance:
FROST RESEARCH EXTENSION
Develop high quality extension materials for farmers and agronomists that summarise frost research conducted by SAGIT, GRDC and private agronomists
Improve the management of the summer fallow period through the targeted use of residual herbicides to reduce the number of passes required to achieve control and improve the efficacy of optical sprayers for the control of important summer weeds
Develop and deliver a series of demonstration trials and practical field days to help farmers reduce spray drift
Genetic and agronomic changes to malting barley which reduce the energy required and improve processing efficiency during malting
OATS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
Support the development of an expanded milling oat industry for human food through improved agronomy, end use quality and processing technology
Develop ingredients and a supply chain for a commercial aquaculture feed industry in SA, and explore opportunities for the production of Omega-3 GM canola as a feed ingredient
Innovations which improve the sustainability of grains production in South Australia
Demonstration trials which show SA farmers how to reduce their carbon footprint, especially with respect to the use of nitrogenous fertilisers
SAGIT also looks for projects that will provide more immediate outcomes for growers through development and adaptation of research. Project applications are assessed according to the following criteria:
Significance to the grain industry
Issues that are relevant to SA growers, marketers and processors and will provide environmental, social and overall benefits to the state gain precedence.
Value for money
SAGIT considers previous and current spending in the area, other work underway and the likely technical and economic benefits. Consideration is given to the total funds requested and the cost:benefit analysis of research outcomes.
Validation and adoption
Will the data produced be in a form suitable for farmers? SAGIT also considers if and how broadly the research outcomes will be adopted.
Path to market
SAGIT considers the market and how results will be delivered, including possible extension and how the project might encourage practice change.
Consideration is given to the scientific merit of the project.
Probability of success
Consideration is given to the performance history of the researcher or organisation, any barriers to success as well as the probability of achieving project goals.
SAGIT considers the new, novel or creative aspect of a project and whether it will add value to existing projects and knowledge or potentially lead to further innovation.
Other considerations include any potential royalty or intellectual property revenue, partnerships and leverage of funds and projects that will provide training opportunities with longer term benefits.
Grower group Funding guidelines
Example funding agreement
Funding applications for research projects have now closed.
Applicants must prepare their application on the SAGIT form which corresponds to the funding type being sought.
Please download the relevant Word document and complete your application offline.
When you return to the SAGIT site, please upload your completed Word document and submit the online application form.
Application for research funding
Application for capital funding
Application for Travel funding
Application for grower groups
Deed of variation
Call for applications announced.
Current project invoices to be submitted 14 days prior to the payment date.
Project applications due.
Progress reports (continuing projects) due.
Mar / Apr
Applications assessed. Applicants notified of results by the end of March.
First payment*. Successful applicants must submit invoice 14 days prior to payment date.
Final reports and financial statements (Form A) due.
AUG / SEPT
Trustee visits to projects. Final reports reviewed.
Second payment. Successful applicants must submit invoice 14 days prior to payment date.
*Contract and payment can be earlier than 1 July. Please contact SAGIT management if this is required.
SAGIT requires successful funding applicants to provide reports on their research to inform growers how their levy money is being spent.
Progress Reports are due on 1 March 2024, including for projects that finish on June 30 of the same year.
PROGRESS Report TEMPLATE
Final reports and financial statements (Form A) are due in August for projects finishing on or before June 30.
FINAL REPORT TEMPLATE
GROWER GROUP FINAL REPORT TEMPLATE
Financial forms (Form A and B)