The milling sector of the Australian sugarcane industry is now invited to submit applications to the Small Milling Research Program (SMRP) investment scheme.
The SMRP is a targeted initiative developed by SRA to work with sugarcane millers and researchers to deliver productivity, profitability, and sustainability outcomes.
This will be the second year of the investment scheme, and SRA is now calling for applications that will allow 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 now until 16 February 2019, 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 CEO Mr Neil Fisher said the scheme was developed during the formation of the SRA Strategic Plan 2017/18 – 2021/22 and that it aligned with the needs of SRA’s milling investors.
“The scheme is an opportunity to invest in lower-cost, short-term, industry-identified and preferably industry-led research,” Mr Fisher said. “Each project must have an Australian milling stakeholder as one of the project participants, which ensures that the project is linked to practical Outcomes.”
“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 scheme would strengthen collaborations between industry and research as well as increase research skills and capability in sugar mills.
“We encourage researchers to collaborate with industry to put forward their best ideas for new projects.”
For more information, visit the SRA website at https://sugarresearch.com.au/research-investment/small-milling-research-project-initiative/.