New research funding opportunities to benefit SA growers

Applications are now open for the next round of research and grower group funding through the South Australian Grain Industry Trust.

Research applications for projects that directly benefit South Australian grain growers, and the industry, are encouraged. Grower group funding, designed to help attract guest speakers to regional events, is also available.

SAGIT chair Max Young said any individual, research organisation or grower group was encouraged to apply.

“We have an open call for funding and I encourage those with plans to improve our grain industry and deliver on-farm benefits to apply,” he said.

“Investment in research that delivers direct outcomes on-farm continues to drive growth in the South Australian grain industry.”

SAGIT invests an average of $1.8 million per year to support research that specifically benefits the SA grain industry. The funds are raised through a voluntary contribution from SA growers of 30 cents per tonne of grain delivered.

“The voluntary SAGIT levy is well accepted by SA growers because they can see the projects SAGIT invests in on their behalf are relevant and tailored to their unique circumstances and environments,” Mr Young said.

“SAGIT provides a unique opportunity to enable researchers to make a difference to farming practice in this state. Local producers clearly see the importance of research that is specific to local needs and growing conditions.”

Funding applications for research projects must be received by Friday 3 February 2023.

There will be two rounds of funding for grower groups, with the first round of applications due on Friday 3 February 2023 and a second round closing at the end of June 2023. All relevant application guidelines and forms can be found online.

The SAGIT team will review submitted applications during February and early March and applicants will be notified of the results in late March.

SAGIT Project Manager Malcolm Buckby and Scientific Officer Jenny Davidson are happy to discuss project concepts and plans before submission. SAGIT also recommends speaking with a statistician prior to applying and designing a trial. Contact details are available on the SAGIT website.


For interviews, please contact Bridget Penna, AgCommunicators, 0429 676 413