$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.
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.
The table below presents anticipated key dates in the Biochar Capacity Building Program. A single funding round is envisaged.
|Guidelines available and application period open||November 2011|
|Applications close||3 February 2012|
|Assessment of applications||April 2012|
|Funding deed signed by both parties and initial payment made||June 2012|
|Program ends||30 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.
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.
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.
- DAFF Funding Deed PDF