Small Milling Research Program open for applications

Date Posted

2 November, 2021

Posted by

Cathy Weis

The milling sector of the Australian sugarcane industry is invited to submit applications to the Small Milling Research Program (SMRP).

The SMRP is a targeted initiative developed by Sugar Research Australia (SRA) to work with sugarcane millers and researchers to deliver productivity, profitability, and sustainability through low cost, short-term research.

SRA is calling for applications for investment in small projects to develop a product, service, or process that will solve targeted problems in sugar mills and deliver tangible outputs with almost immediate outcomes.

Applications are open from 1 November 2021 until 7 February 2022, with applicants able to apply for up to $75,000 for their project. All successful projects are expected to be completed within 12 months of their starting date.

SRA Executive Manager Research Investments Dr Harjeet Khanna said the scheme encourages innovative and impactful solutions that address the immediate, diverse challenges faced by the milling sector.

Each project must have an Australian milling stakeholder as one of the project participants, to ensure the project is linked to practical outcomes that demonstrate a contribution to industry profitability and productivity.

SRA Chief Executive Officer Ms Roslyn Baker said the program fosters collaboration by targeting research that is industry-identified and industry-led.

“Industry needs are at the heart of our approach to research, and this program reinforces our shared partnership with millers as we co-create a portfolio of value-driven research.”

For more information, visit the SRA website at https://sugarresearch.com.au/research-investment/small-milling-research-project-initiative/.

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