Funding Opportunities

[NOW CLOSED] APRIL Industry Priority Projects and Innovation Projects

The Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd. (APRIL) is seeking applications for its Industry Priority Project and Innovation Project grant application schemes, for commencement in 2022.

An independent, member-based entity, APRIL seeks to enhance the Australasian pork industry by investing in research and development, education and training, and commercialisation activities focused on priorities and deliverables that ensure the sustainability of Australasian pork production, and to generate optimal returns for its stakeholders.

APRIL’s Industry Priority Projects address a number of key areas that will help to shape the future industry landscape. Specifically, APRIL is looking for applications related to the following priorities:

  • Novel approaches to allow increased use of food wastes in pig diets;
  • Improved water quality for use/re-use on-farm and in processing facilities;
  • Development of real time monitoring and surveillance technologies under commercial conditions;
  • Establish pork as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle;
  • Reducing variation in lifetime performance;
  • Heavier carcasses.

APRIL’s Innovation Projects, which are negotiable to 12 to 18 months in duration and have a maximum budget of ~$75,000, are designed specifically to support ‘out of the box’ ideas for smart, new approaches to tackle the current and emerging challenges of the Australasian pork industry. Innovation Projects must demonstrate originality, uniqueness and creativity, establish new concepts or challenge existing ones, address significant challenges or critical barriers to progress, and be able to improve or apply new theoretical concepts, methodologies or tools that will benefit industry.

The APRIL Industry Priority and Innovation Project schemes both require a minimum level of co-investment of 25% cash (of the total project cost).

Both the Industry Priority and Innovation Project schemes are provided on a nationally competitive basis and available to applicants from any organisation. All APRIL funding schemes are assessed, evaluated and recommended for funding by the Research and Development Advisory Committee, which has the collective expertise and experience to effectively assess applications against all selection criteria for that scheme. If approved, research scheme funds are paid directly to the successful applicant. Funding Rules for research schemes funded by APRIL stipulate that no overhead (indirect cost recovery) can be charged.

For any further information or any questions on the Industry Priority Project and Innovation Project schemes, please view the Industry Priority Project Guidelines (below) and (or) contact either Dr Charles Rikard-Bell (Manager, Commercialisation and Research Impact) at (0439 513 723), or Dr John Pluske (Chief Scientist and CEO) at (0410 436 871).

To apply for an APRIL Industry Priority Project or Innovation Project, complete the relevant proposal form and the Budget and Milestones template and email by 5 pm, 1 October, to Dr Charles Rikard-Bell at

Important Dates:

Applications open: 30 August 2021

Applications Close: 1 October 2021

It is anticipated that funding for successful projects would commence after 1 January, 2022, subject to APRIL Board approval.

Expressions of Interest for APRIL Kickstart Program

The Kickstart Program can provide up to $7,500 for an individual/organisation(s) to assist with the preparation and submission of a specific, targeted and agreed major external funding application (or applications) in partnership with APRIL and other partners.

Significant external funding pools exist both nationally and internationally for potential investment. The Kickstart Program aims to increase the number of applications that are prepared and submitted to external funding organisations that ultimately increase the funding pool to undertake more of APRIL’s activities, in alignment with Transformational Project and Industry Priority Project priorities in the Strategic Plan.

Expressions of Interest (EoI) for project applications not seeking Kickstart funds may also be submitted but must adhere to the same principle of being a specific, targeted major external funding application in partnership with APRIL (and other partners), in alignment with the APRIL Strategic Plan.

To apply for a Kickstart award, which is open all-year round, complete an EoI form (linked below) and email it to Dr John Pluske, APRIL CEO/Chief Scientist, at Questions concerning the program can also be directed to Dr Pluske on 0410 436 871.

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