AFWI’S $5 Million National Open Call For Forest Research

Applications are now open for research projects that will advance research and innovation in Australian forest and wood products.

The first of four $5 million national open calls for forestry research projects opened today, aimed at establishing new high-value wood products, developed in Australia.

The funding is part of the Albanese Government’s grant agreement with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to establish and manage the $100 million Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI).

The annual national open calls are open to applications from all Australian-based researchers supporting the forest and wood product industries, and is not limited to the AFWI research centres.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Murray Watt said the open call will allow industry and researchers to undertake projects that will make a positive impact on Australia’s forest and wood product industries.

“We’ve cast the net wide to ensure a broad range of Australians get the chance to share their ideas on how to propel the industry forward,” Minister Watt said.

“Establishing AFWI was an election commitment which we are proud to deliver and forms part of our record $300 million investment in the industry.

“This program will help to deliver a sustainable future for the industry, by helping to unlock the full potential of wood as the ultimate renewable material, while also supporting a future made in Australia.”

University of Tasmania Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Anthony Koutoulis said this funding presents an opportunity for researchers to develop novel and impactful ideas that support the sustainable production of wood products.

“AFWI is committed to fostering innovation and empowering researchers to enhance the research capacity and capability in the forest and wood products sector now and into the future,” Professor Koutoulis said.

“Encouraging collaboration between researchers and industry is vital for impactful projects.

“With robust industry support and anchoring research on what really matters, research outcomes become readily applicable, ensuring lasting benefits for Australian communities.”

Project applications close on 12 July, 2024. For further details on this funding scheme, including eligibility requirements, refer to the relevant Grant Guidelines and Application form template on the AFWI website.