Travel and Learning Awards open the door to new ideas and innovation

Date Posted

15 July, 2016

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Sugar industry participants are encouraged to apply for a Sugar Industry Travel and Learning Award (STLA) through Sugar Research Australia (SRA).
The awards offer up to $5,000 for an individual award, or $10,000 towards a workshop or event, or up to $30,000 as a contribution towards a longer term staff placement or learning opportunity.

The STLA are part of SRA’s investment in building the Australian sugarcane industry’s knowledge and capability Dr Michael O’Shea, General Manager of the Research Funding Unit at SRA, said that applications for the awards were now open and that SRA was seeking applications for innovative learning ideas.

“We have expanded the awards this year to cover a range of possible activities that will deliver benefits throughout the Australian sugarcane industry,” Dr O’Shea said.

“This includes, for example, skills-development activities that could include visiting farm trials and assessing new farming methods, visiting other mills, wineries, or paper mills, and then sharing this information back with industry via an adoption activity.

“These awards are on offer to all industry participants, including growers, millers, and service providers including researchers.

“The Awards recognise that it is crucial that the Australian sugarcane industry continue in developing its skills and expertise, which includes looking at other industries and even other countries to ensure that we keep our ideas and innovation at the leading edge.

“SRA is committed to investing in research that can be adopted on farm or in the mill, providing a tangible outcome for sugarcane growers and millers. All applications will be assessed in that context of their benefit to the industry.

“This is an important investment in the people of the sugarcane industry, and forms part of SRA’s investment in the eight Key Focus Areas developed in the SRA Strategic Plan.”

Applications will close September 2, 2016.

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