Dairy Australia Research Funding

Dairy Australia Research Funding spends around $30-35 million a year in R&D projects for the benefit of Australian dairy farmers and manufacturers.



Dairy is a highly collaborative industry and especially so when it comes to investment in Research & Development (R&D).  Much of the $150 million spent on dairy R&D every year is made up of projects jointly funded by the Australian Government, state government departments, Dairy Australia, the dairy companies and independent investors such as the Geoffrey Gardiner Foundation.



Dairy Australia invests in and co-ordinates industry research in three areas:

  • Farm – feed, animal genetics, resource management, farming systems and business practices.
  • Manufacturing – pre-competitive research in biosciences, processing, bulk and functional ingredients, functional foods, cheese starters and fermented products, sustainable production processes, health and nutrition.
  • Technical issues – quantitative risk analysis, control measures for contaminants, development of analytical methods, and animal health and welfare.


Dairy Australia spends around $30-35 million a year in R&D projects for the benefit of Australian dairy farmers and manufacturers.


Eligible Projects

Dairy Australia Research Funding accepts applications for R&D projects from individuals and organisations worldwide. Applications are judged on the perceived benefits to the Australian dairy industry and potential for success.

We will consider funding applications that address one or more of our Core Objectives (as set out in the Dairy Australia Strategic Plan):

  1. Increase farm productivity.
  2. Maintain and develop high margin markets, channels and products.
  3. Promote and protect the unique benefits of dairy.


Eligible Applicants

Applications should be made by the organisation conducting the proposed research. For example, applications from universities should be submitted through their central office or research secretariat.  Where several organisations are collaborating in research projects, one organisation should take responsibility for the project and subcontract part of the research to the other organisation(s).

Ideally the duration of projects is 1-3 years.  Extended projects may be considered in exceptional circumstances.



The round for submitting Dairy Australia Research Funding Preliminary Applications for projects opens August 1st and will close September 30th each year. Those applicants that are successful at the preliminary stage will be invited to submit a Full Dairy Australia Research Funding Application. The expected start date for successful applicants would be in the following financial year.


Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

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  • Demonstrating the identified need;
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