By Peter Horvat
The FRDC has developed a more flexible approach to how it funds projects to align with the FRDC Research Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan principles of ‘Lead, Collaborate and Partner’. Nationally, the FRDC will LEAD and target investment towards three national research priorities:
Partnering involves devolving some authority to jurisdictions through research advisory committees (RACS) and industry sectors through Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) – to allow them greater ownership of how and where to invest.
The FRDC has an RAC for each fishery jurisdiction: Commonwealth, all states and the Northern Territory. Each RAC consists of a chair and members who provide expertise in the areas of fishing, aquaculture, management (fisheries), research, environment, post-harvest and other community interests, and is managed by an FRDC project manager (see contacts, right).
IPAs are in place with 11 different industry sectors, and allow industry groups to identify and prioritise issues that relate to their sector and ensure RD&E investment against those priorities. Each IPA is managed by an FRDC project manager (see contacts, right) and an industry executive officer who reports to their governance committee.
In September and October the RACs and IPAs will meet to discuss and set priorities for the coming year. Following these meetings the FRDC will convene a workshop of advisory groups around October each year to discuss the developed priorities, align them and identify areas for potential collaboration. RACs and IPAs will also be able to further develop their priorities when they meet in March, July and October each year, or should a major issue arise, they will be able to progress research to deal with that issue.
The FRDC will evaluate applications based on two levels of assessment:
The FIRST CALL for applications will be posted in November.
The SECOND CALL for applications will be developed in April, as required, following the RAC, subprogram and IPA meetings.
The THIRD CALL for applications will be developed in August, as required, following the RAC, subprogram and IPA meetings.
If in doubt, check with the FRDC’s project managers.
The FRDC has also restructured the way it manages research, development and extension (RD&E) internally. FRDC managers now have portfolios made up of RACs, subprograms and IPAs. When an applicant responds to a priority they will need to consult with the relevant FRDC managers.
Christopher Izzo, firstname.lastname@example.org
South Australian RAC
Skye Barrett, email@example.com
Western Australian RAC
Northern Territory RAC
New South Wales RAC
Wayne Hutchinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Barramundi Farmers Association IPA
Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association IPA
Australian Prawn Farmers Association IPA
Australian Abalone Growers Association IPA
Yellowtail Kingfish RD&E through the Rural Research and Development for Profit programme
Jo-Anne Ruscoe, email@example.com
Oysters Australia IPA
Social Sciences and Economics Research Coordination Program
Indigenous Fishing Subprogram
Aquatic Animal Health and Biosecurity
People Development (national)
Joshua Fielding, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association IPA
Southern Rocklobster IPA
Abalone Council Australia IPA
Recfishing Research Subprogram
New and Emerging Aquaculture Subprogram
Crispian Ashby, email@example.com
Western Rocklobster IPA
Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA