SRA opens new initiative for sugarcane milling research

Date Posted

15 December, 2017

Posted by

Cathy Weis

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has announced a new research investment scheme that will work with the milling sector to deliver productivity, profitability, and sustainability outcomes, ultimately benefiting both sugarcane millers and growers.

Called the Small Milling Research Project (SMRP) investment scheme, it will see SRA invest 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 now until 28 February 2018, with applicants able to apply for up to $75,000 for their project.

“This initiative has come in direct response to feedback from our milling investors and stakeholders, and in particular during the development of our SRA Strategic Plan 2017/18 – 2021/22,” SRA CEO, Mr Neil Fisher, said.

“The SRA Board has approved this initiative to allow SRA to work on priority areas of research that align with the needs of our milling investors. The investment is included in our current total investment in our Key Focus Area (KFA) of Milling Efficiency and Technology.”

Mr Fisher said that the initiative was an opportunity to invest in lower-cost, short-term, industry-identified and preferably industry-led research.

“In the process, the scheme will strengthen collaborations between industry and research through the direct involvement of the milling sector in SMRPs and increase research skills and capability in sugar mills,” he said.

“SRA is now calling for applications for this new initiative. We encourage researchers to collaborate with industry to put forward their best ideas for new projects.”

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