Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI)

In partnership with the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the Australian Government has established an Australia-wide National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, under the operational name of Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI).

AFWI will receive over $100 million in funding from the Australian Government between 2022-23 to 2026-27. AFWI is based in Launceston at UTAS and will have three regional research centres, which will undertake forestry research and development.

One of the research centres is based at UTAS in Launceston. The Australian Government is identifying the other 2 research centres through an expression of interest (EOI) process.

Research Centre EOI

The department is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from organisations to establish 2 AFWI research centres.

UTAS (as host of AFWI) will work with preferred applicants to enter into an agreement to establish the research centres.

Submissions close on 6 December 2023.

Before commencing an EOI, ensure you have read the Expression of interest guidelines for establishing Australian Forest and Wood Innovations research centres, found here.

Call for the AFWI Chair and Board Members

Critical to the success of AWFI – The Independent Chair and Board Members will oversee all AFWI activities in supporting to achieve the goals of the AWFI. Board members are expected to attend four board meetings per year in person (Launceston, TAS).

If you are interested in these roles, visit: