Biochar Capacity Building Program

$2 million is available for research and development projects around biochar.

About the Biochar Capacity Building Program

The Biochar Capacity Building Program will develop biochar as an option for Australia’s land managers to help mitigate Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and provide opportunities to participate in carbon markets through the $45.6 million Carbon Farming Initiative .

The Biochar Capacity Building Program aims to facilitate the development of biochar offset methodologies that will be publicly available for use by Australian land managers in carbon markets, through the CFI.

The Biochar Capacity Building Program will support research, on-ground testing and demonstration of biochar to provide additional options for land managers to contribute to reducing Australia’s carbon pollution.

The Biochar Capacity Building Program is a $2 million (GST exclusive) grants program that will provide funding for approved projects from 2011-12 to 2013-14.

The Biochar Capacity Building Program will complement work under the Climate Change Research Program, including work through the National Biochar Research Initiative and the Soil Carbon Research Program.

Program Priorities

The Biochar Capacity Building Program program priorities are:

  • research that determines and quantifies how biochars mitigate greenhouse gas emissions
  • demonstration of integrated biochar systems in Australia, from the production of the biochar to its end use. This would include economic analysis and emissions life cycle assessments to inform land managers’ decisions about biochar
  • the development of biochar offset methodologies to enable land managers to participate in carbon markets through the CFI.

Key dates

The table below presents anticipated key dates in the Biochar Capacity Building Program. A single funding round is envisaged.

Guidelines available and application period openNovember 2011
Applications close3 February 2012
Assessment of applicationsApril 2012
Funding deed signed by both parties and initial payment madeJune 2012
Program ends30 June 2014

Who is eligible?

Biochar Capacity Building Program Applicants must be an Australian company, business, research organisation, government agency or department, for example:

  • Australian business with an Australian Business Number
  • Rural Research and Development Corporation
  • National or state primary industry organisation
  • Australian, state or territory or local government agency or statutory corporation
  • Australian tertiary education institution
  • Australian Cooperative Research Centre
  • Australian public sector research agency
  • Australian private research organisation.

Eligible activities

Examples of activities that would be eligible for funding include:

  • research projects examining issues such as the impact of biochar on emissions
  • demonstration of the use of biochar, such as in Australian agricultural and forestry systems
  • projects to develop CFI methodologies for the use of biochar in Australian systems.

Funding will only be paid for work outlined in the funding deed and undertaken as part of the Biochar Capacity Building Program. The grant will not pay for any expenditure incurred prior to the funding deed being signed.

Ineligible activities

Examples of project activities that would be ineligible to receive funding through the Biochar Capacity Building Program include research that:

  • does not address any of the identified research priorities
  • has already been undertaken and funded through other programs.

The following costs would also be ineligible for funding through the Biochar Capacity Building Program. It is envisaged that provision of these costs would be part of an applicant’s contribution to the project.

  • capital expenditure for the purchase of assets such as office furniture and equipment, motor vehicles, computers, printers, photocopiers, construction, renovations and utilities
  • costs involved in the purchase/upgrade of software including licenses
  • any cost incurred prior to signing a funding deed with the Commonwealth
  • core business expenses such as:
    • staff relocation costs
    • administration/overhead and infrastructure costs
    • international travel and living expenses
  • Australian domestic travel and living allowance that is not directly associated with carrying out the research project
  • hospitality/catering costs
  • financial support for feasibility studies
  • commercially based activities, such as costs associated with:
    • the protection or patenting of intellectual property with market research for products or research carried out by surveys to assess the size of the market and/or the price of a particular service or product
    • activities of a distinctly commercial or proprietary nature that are aimed at selling or attracting investment
    • product development and the building or production of commercial prototypes.

More Information

  • DAFF Funding Deed PDF [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][111KB]
  • DAFF Funding Deed Word [186KB]
  • Application Form PDF [126KB]
  • Application Form Word [379KB]

The Biochar Capacity Building Program application period closes on 3 February 2012

Expert Assistance

Contact us to discuss whether your Biochar Capacity Building Program project is competitive on 03 9005 6789.


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