Young Tasmanians urged to apply for Science and Innovation Awards

31 August, 2015

Grants are now available for young people with a passion for agriculture, fisheries and forestry to kick-start innovative research projects and creative thinking.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, is encouraging young Tasmanians to apply for the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

"I know there are a lot of energetic young researchers, scientists and innovators in Tasmania and I urge them to think big and apply for a grant," Senator Colbeck said.

"Agriculture, fisheries and forestry are significant industries in Tasmania, with agriculture alone contributing $1.2 billion to the economy in 2012-13.

"Grants are available for original projects aimed at contributing to the ongoing success and sustainability of our agricultural industries. Tasmania's dairy production and cherry farming are just some areas that present exciting opportunities for such projects.

"Agriculture in Tasmania is brimming with opportunities for young people and I strongly encourage young Tasmanians to get involved. This is an opportunity that can light up career paths and also contribute to boosting the state's productivity and profitability.

"Research and development is central to profitability, and these awards provide the next wave of rural leaders the chance to make their mark and come up with new solutions to ongoing challenges and barriers to productivity."

The Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is a competitive grants programme targeted at young Australians aged 18-35 to undertake innovative research projects that will benefit Australia's agricultural industries.

For further information, including application form and profiles of the Award partners, visit agriculture.gov.au/scienceawards

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