RD&E

RD&E

Open Call for Proposals to advance research, development or extension (RD&E) of benefit to Australia’s commercial forest growers

 

Introduction

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) invites RD&E proposals to advance research of benefit to the Australia’s commercial forest growers, aligned with FWPA’s:

Program 4 – Increasing resource availability and reducing risk

Program 3 – Assisting value chain optimisation; or

Program 5 – Impacting decision-making and industry capability

FWPA’s forestry research, development and extension (RD&E) Investment Plans were developed in consultation with Australia’s commercial forest growers to inform investment in RD&E activities. From the investment Plans, the Priority Topics were identified as the key targets for investment.

 

 

RD&E priorities

Proposals must either:

1.       Advance one or more Priority Topics identified in the Investment Plans, or

2.       Advance RD&E outside of the Priority Topics where the prospective researcher can demonstrate significant support by Australia’s commercial forest growers.

Successful proposals will reflect an understanding of the context and issues around the research topic as it impacts the sector. For context and background on the Priority Topics, refer to the Investment Plans.

Successful proposals will reflect an understanding of the current status of knowledge in relation to Priority Topics. A list of relevant recent and current projects funded through FWPA are available.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Please note that there is no requirement to seek financial commitment from growers at this time. However, in-kind commitments and letters of support that demonstrate support from growers will be considered during proposal evaluation (see Process and timing section below).

 

Term and commencement

Proposals are invited for projects of up to three (3) years’ duration and commencing in either 2020/21 or 2021/22. If it is demonstrated by the proposal that a longer duration is warranted, projects of up to five years may also be considered.

 

 

Process and timing

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact FWPA’s Forest Research Manager (Jodie Mason on (+61) 427 357867 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 26 November 2021 to discuss project concepts and for referral to potentially interested growers.

Proposals must use FWPA’s Project Application 2021 form, with all fields required to be completed. Appendix 1 of the Project Application 2021 form contains additional important information, which must be read in conjunction with this Call for Proposals.

Proposals must be submitted by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 12 noon (Australian Eastern Daylight Time - AEDT) on 03 February 2022.

 

Applicants will be notified whether their proposal has been successful by early May 2022.

 

If you would like to discuss this call for proposals, please contact Jodie Mason on (+61) 427 357867 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Our acknowledgment

In the spirit of reconciliation, Forest & Wood Products Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and we acknowledge their connection to the land and their custodianship of Country and forests. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our acknowledgment