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2017 Science and Innovation Awards open! (25 August 2016)

The 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture - supported by CRDC - are now open.

The Awards program, announced today by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, encourages young rural innovators to think big and contribute to the future success of the cotton industry.               

As a sponsor of the Awards program, CRDC supports and rewards young scientists, like 2016 awardee Yvonne Chang (pictured), for their exploration of concepts and the creation of new knowledge in the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs. 

CRDC is encouraging other young researchers aged 18-35 to apply for a grant valued at up to $22,000 to fund an innovative research project that will benefit Australia's cotton industry.

Yvonne, a research assistant with CSIRO at Narrabri, was selected for the 2016 award for her novel approach to the issue of soil organic carbon. Her project looks at the use of melanised root-associated fungi to increase long-lived soil organic carbon.

Further information and application forms are available from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website. Applications close 5pm, Friday 14 October.