New research funding opportunities to benefit SA growers

An important stream of funding for research and activities to benefit South Australian grain growers is now on offer.

The South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) is accepting applications for its 2022 project funding grants.

Research organisations, grower groups and individuals are encouraged to submit their research project or industry activity proposals.

SAGIT Chair Max Young said the Trust’s annual round of funding provided the research community and SA farming systems groups with a valuable investment platform to help grow the State’s grain industry.

“South Australian grain growers are among the most efficient and productive in the world, but they depend on outcomes from new research and development to continue to advance their enterprises,” Mr Young said.

“SAGIT allocates funds to projects that have potential to drive real improvements in farming systems in this State, so we are keen to receive applications from groups and individuals who have ideas and proposals that could make a difference on-farm.”

SAGIT invests an average of $1.8 million per year to support research that specifically benefits the SA grain industry. The funds are raised from 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 earlier this year announced more than $2.45 million in funding for 25 new grain research projects which started in 2021.

Notable new programs underway include a three-year study into variety selection and weed management options for genetically modified canola, research to improve management of herbicide resistant barley grass, and a look at the implications of green hydrogen technology and production for SA grain growers.

Funding applications for 2022 must be received by Friday, 4 February, 2022. All relevant application guidelines and forms can be found on the SAGIT website at

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

To discuss project concepts and plans before submission, or to enquire about the application process, contact SAGIT Project Manager Malcolm Buckby on 0417 722 231 or SAGIT Scientific Officer Jenny Davidson on 0429 695 505.