Career research awards make the investment in capability, innovation and development

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15 July, 2016

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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 professional 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 usually grants two ECR/MCR awards per year at a typical level of $10,000 to $15,000 per award,” Dr O’Shea said. “They present a valuable professional development opportunity for researchers in the Australian sugarcane industry, to assist them to develop innovative and transformative projects that benefit sugarcane growers and millers.

“SRA is committed to investing in research that can be adopted on farm or in the mill, and providing a tangible and positive outcome for sugarcane growers and millers. 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 August 31, 2016.

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