RIRDC's investments are driven by five-year RD&E plans that address the needs of industries and stakeholders, and ensure our priorities are industry and government-driven. Overall, our outcome is to increase knowledge that fosters sustainable, productive new and existing rural industries and further understanding of national rural issues through research and developing in government-industry partnership.
If you think you or your organisation can help address the needs of our programs as outlined in the current research priorities, we would welcome your application for funding.
RIRDC welcomes proposals that will meet the specific objectives, or a number of objectives, as outlined in the research priorities and in more detail in program five-year Plans.
We also welcome and encourage your collaboration with other research providers to build the critical research mass necessary to meet our objectives.
In planning and submitting proposals for RIRDC-funded projects prospective researchers need to familiarise themselves with the application procedure, the Corporation's over-arching goals and strategies, the goals and strategies of the relevant R&D programs and the specific priorities for R&D for the year for which the proposal is being submitted.
Open call for research proposals
RIRDC's 2017 open call for research project proposals opens on Monday, 14 August 2017.
The timetable for research proposal applications is:
- Research open call opens - 9am (AEST), 14 August 2017
- Preliminary research proposals (PRP) due - 5pm (AEST), 20 September 2017
- Results of PRP assessments announced - 8 December 2017
- Full research proposal (FRP) submission round begins - 9am (AEDT), 13December 2017
- Deadline to submit FRPs - 5pm (AEDT), 7 February 2018
- Contracts entered into - 30 July 2018
Submitting research proposals
Before applying for RIRDC R&D funding please:
- Ensure your proposal is aligned with current research priorities.
- Check key dates for proposal submission.
- Ensure proposals contain a clear pathway for adoption.
- Follow the Clarity application instructions.
- Public sector research must apply through the administration office.
RIRDC uses a standard form contract for R&D projects (Research Agreement), which sets out the terms on which RIRDC will engage successful applicants to carry out the project. Applicants must be familiar with the Research Agreement before lodging Preliminary Research Proposals (PRPs), and are advised to seek legal advice on it before lodging a PRP.
The Research Agreement has been developed to reflect RIRDC's statutory and other responsibilities in funding projects. RIRDC will generally not negotiate substantive amendments to any clauses of the Agreement unless:
- it is satisfied that exceptional circumstances exist that require amendment to the standard form; and
- the applicant completes a statement of non-compliance for each of those clauses.
Applicants will be taken to have agreed to all clauses in the Research Agreement that are not referred to in a statement of non-compliance. The extent of any non-compliance will be a factor in RIRDC's evaluation of the application. If you require further information regarding the Research Agreement please contact Louise Heaslip, General Manager Business and Finance – firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct and Indirect Costs
Direct costs of a project are those which would not be incurred unless the project took place e.g. salary, salary on costs, lab supplies, travel etc. Indirect costs are those which may be used during a project but would have been in place irrespective of the project taking place e.g. rent for a breeding trial/office space/lab space, library fees, computer log-on costs etc.
Direct costs are included in IP calculations. Indirect costs are included in IP calculations for industry but NOT for research organisations.
The RIRDC Fraud Control Policy and Plan sets out the approach for the prevention and management of fraud or allegations of fraud within the Rural Industries R&D Corporation. The Corporation’s risk appetite for fraud is zero tolerance.
The Fraud Control Plan includes the process for notification of any suspected fraud and the relevant contacts. The template and guidelines for reporting an allegation of fraud are located below.
The RIRDC Fraud Control Plan 2016-18
The RIRDC Fraud Control - Allegation reporting template and guidelines
RIRDC’s business with research providers is facilitated by a web-based project management system called Clarity. This system is used to manage all stages of project administration.
Clarity can be accessed at: http://research.rirdc.gov.au/
Preliminary research proposals must be completed online using Clarity.
Clarity user guides
To set up a secure account before submitting a proposal please contact the RIRDC helpdesk for a username and password. Usernames and passwords will only be issued while the applicable round is open. Please email: email@example.com
To give feedback or if you require support, please do not hesitate to contact the Clarity support team:
Ph: 02 6923 6900