Forestry innovation research grants open

The Australian and Tasmanian governments continue to support advances in a sustainable and productive forestry industry with wood product innovation set to grow the sector. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Tasmanian Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, have called for applications for a share of AU$4 million in research grants through the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation Launceston Hub.

Grants will range from AU$50,000 to $500,000 for periods of up to three years. Minister Ruston said “we are looking for projects that industry will adopt to improve their productivity, the productivity of our forests and how we process or use wood.” Minister Barnett said basing one of only two national innovation hubs in Launceston was a real demonstration of the expertise and world-leading forestry industry sustained in Tasmania.

“We are looking for researchers that can provide real and practical outcomes in areas like forest management, timber processing, wood fibre recovery, value adding, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy,” Minister Barnett said. “We want to see the best ideas from across the forestry, academic and scientific sectors to come up with the ideas that will keep lifting the value of the sector,” he said.

Further information including application guidelines is available at the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation website. Applications close on 13 July 2018.

The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation hub in Launceston is co-funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments, supporting the forest industry in Tasmania and across the nation. It is one of only two forestry institute hubs in Australia with the other based in Mt Gambier, South Australia.

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