Funding opportunities

APRIL Commercialisation Project Proposal

APRIL Commercialisation Projects require an external cash component comprising of 20% of the total cash project cost. The duration of a commercialisation project is negotiable if greater than 12 months.

The call for commercialisation projects is open all year round.

To apply for an APRIL Commercialisation Project, complete the Commercialisation Project Proposal form and the Budget and Milestones template.

For further information and to submit your proposal, contact Dr Charles Rikard-Bell, mob +61 439 513 723 or email ua.gr1568624022o.lir1568624022pa@ll1568624022ebdra1568624022kir.c1568624022

APRIL Transformational Projects and Industry Priority Projects

Overview

The Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd.
(APRIL) is a co-investor in research, education and training, and commercialisation
activities focused on priorities and deliverables that ensure the
sustainability of the Australasian pork production, and generate optimal
returns for its stakeholders.

APRIL is seeking applications for its Transformational
Projects scheme and its Industry Priority Projects scheme. Transformational
Projects and Industry Priority Projects are two major funding initiatives that
address key priorities (see Funding
Guidelines appropriate for each scheme) for the Australasian pork
industry. APRIL wishes to actively co-invest in projects with partners across
these two schemes.

APRIL uses a different application form for its Transformational Projects scheme and its Industry Priority Projects scheme (refer to links below). A different application form is used because Transformational Projects and Industry Priority Projects are fundamentally different. These are explained further in the Project Guidelines associated with each scheme. Potential applicants must be aware of the differences and the different expectations associated with each before applying.

Briefly, a Transformational Project is expected to
be of a size and scope sufficient to adequately address either issue (i.e., Enhanced antimicrobial
stewardship in the Australasian pork industry through targeted reduction of
in-feed medications without adverse health consequences
, and Elimination
of the need for tail docking in Australasian pork production systems
) and
positively impact on the purposes. Applications are expected to be
collaborative and multi-disciplinary in nature and attract a considerable
amount of external funding for APRIL to consider co-investing in the project. They
will, therefore, be extensive in their approach and span numerous years. APRIL
will ultimately determine whether or not to invest in the project.

Industry Priority Projects can still be
collaborative and multi-disciplinary in nature, and will also seek a minimum
level of co-finding, but given the nature and variety of the priorities that
will be considered for funding, then different timeframes are likely.

Indicative Timetable 2019-2020

September
16 2019
Open
Call for Transformational and Industry Priority Projects.
November 29, 2019 Closing
date for Industry Priority Projects.
December 23, 2019 Closing
date for Transformational Projects.
December,
2019, January/February, 2020
Project Peer Review process (including independent review); R&D Advisory Committee Subcommittee to then advise on Industry Priority Projects and Transformational Projects.
March,
2020
R&D
Advisory Committee to meet, discuss, and recommend Transformational and
Industry Projects.
Discuss
Round II of Innovation Projects.
April,
2019
Recommendations
for Transformational and Industry Projects submitted to APRIL Board.
April
to June 30, 2020
Project
documentation for Transformational and Industry Projects prepared, issued,
and research contracts fully executed.
July
6, 2020
Transformational
and Industry Projects commence.

Frequently asked questions

Transformational Projects

Can anyone apply for a Transformational Project?

Yes.
APRIL is a nationally competitive funding body open to anyone, including from
all Australian universities.

How will project applications be assessed?

All Transformational Project funding applications to APRIL will be assessed and rated by the R&D Advisory Committee, which has the collective expertise and experience to effectively assess applications against all selection criteria for this scheme. Refer to the Project Guidelines.

Are the selection criteria publicly available?

Yes.
The selection
criteria for
Transformational Projectsare
publicly available
. Refer to the Funding Guidelines.

Are there priority funding areas?

Yes. APRIL has identified two Transformational Projects, being Enhanced antimicrobial stewardship in the Australasian pork industry through targeted reduction of in-feed medications without adverse health consequences, and Elimination of the need for tail docking in Australasian pork production systems. More information is available in the Project Guidelines.

Applications addressing areas/fields outside of these two areas will not be considered by APRIL for funding.

Do I have to use the application form?

Yes, to have your application reviewed you must use the application form.

Is the funding amount for a Transformational Project grant predetermined?

No.
The two Transformational Projects lend themselves to potentially significant
levels of external investment and hence overall project budget, and there is a strong
expectation that any application would be of considerable monetary size and
scope to adequately address both projects. APRIL expects a minimum
external cash contribution of 25% of the total cost of the project, but higher
levels of co-funding may be viewed more favourably.

APRIL
will determine the number of and the amount of any grant awarded.

Can a Transformational Project include postgraduate training?

Yes.
A key priority for APRIL is education and training, hence researchers are
encouraged to explore the opportunity of including tertiary training in their
proposals, if appropriate. Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore
partnership scholarship opportunities with their institution along with APRIL,
i.e., a sharing of the costs for a stipend/other costs. Furthermore, APRIL may consider
the costs of ‘top ups’ for students awarded a stipend from an external source
to APRIL.

How do I submit my application?

Email your application to John Pluske at ua.gr1568624022o.lir1568624022pa@ek1568624022sulp.1568624022j1568624022

What if I cannot find the answer to my question?

Please email your question to Professor John Pluske (ua.gr1568624022o.lir1568624022pa@ek1568624022sulp.1568624022j1568624022) or call 08 93602012.

Industry Priority Projects

Can anyone apply for an Industry Priority Project?

Yes.
APRIL is a nationally competitive funding body open to anyone, including from
all Australian universities.

How will project applications be assessed?

All Industry Priority Project funding applications to APRIL will be assessed and rated by the R&D Advisory Committee, which has the collective expertise and experience to effectively assess applications against all selection criteria for this scheme. Refer to the Project Guidelines.

Are the selection criteria publicly available?

Yes. The selection criteria for Transformational Projects are publicly available.Refer to the Project Guidelines.

Are there priority funding areas?

Yes. APRIL has identified 11 Industry Priority Projects. Please refer to the Project Guidelines.

Applications addressing areas/fields outside of the priority areas are highly unlikely to be considered by APRIL for funding.

Do I have to use the application form?

Yes, to have your application reviewed you must use the application form.

Is the funding amount for an Industry Priority Project grant predetermined?

No.
However, the Industry Priority Projects might lend themselves to significant
levels of external investment and hence overall project budget. APRIL expects a
minimum external cash contribution of 25% of the total cost of the
project, but higher levels of co-funding may be viewed more favourably.

APRIL
will determine the number of and the amount of any grant awarded.

Can an Industry Priority Project include postgraduate training?

Yes.
A key priority for APRIL is education and training, hence researchers are
encouraged to explore the opportunity of including tertiary training in their
proposals, if appropriate. Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore
partnership scholarship opportunities with their institution along with APRIL,
i.e., a sharing of the costs for a stipend/other costs. Furthermore, APRIL may
consider the costs of ‘top ups’ for students awarded a stipend from an external
source to APRIL.

How do I submit my application?

Email your application to John Pluske at ua.gr1568624022o.lir1568624022pa@ek1568624022sulp.1568624022j1568624022

What if I cannot find the answer to my question?

Please email your question to Professor John Pluske (ua.gr1568624022o.lir1568624022pa@ek1568624022sulp.1568624022j1568624022) or call 08 93602012.

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