Open Call for Proposals to advance research, development or extension (RD&E) of benefit to Australia’s commercial forest growers
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.
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
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.
Applicants will be notified whether their proposal has been successful by early May 2022.