Innovation is being rewarded in the sugarcane industry.
Innovation is being rewarded in the sugarcane industry. Brittany Cook

Innovation awarded in sugar industry

APPLICATIONS are open for Sugar Research Australia's (SRA) Early-Career and Mid-Career Researcher (ECR/MCR) Awards, which encourage innovative research ideas and seek to enhance the capability of the research sector that supports the Australian sugarcane industry.

Dr Michael O'Shea, General Manager of the Research Funding Unit at SRA, said the awards were an investment in career development for people directly involved in the sugarcane industry.

The awards are available for diverse activities, including for researchers who may require initial results or a proof of concept prior to developing a larger project, and who want to expand their skills and build collaborations in pursuit of an innovative initiative.

"SRA expects to see considerable competition from the research sector for these awards, which are valued up to $15,000," Dr O'Shea said.

"All applications will be assessed in that context of their benefit to the industry."

The benefits of the ECR/MCR awards should be aligned with the recently announced Impact Areas or Key Focus Areas within the current SRA strategic plan, available on the SRA website. Applications close on December 14, 2015.

For more detail visit www.sugarresearch.com.au.


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