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Grants for big ideas from young rural innovators: 2016 Science Awards (25 August 2015)

The 2016 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, 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 2014 awardee Dr Alison McCarthy, 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.

Alison, who received both the cotton Science and Innovation Award and the prestigious Ministers’ Award, is developing an integrated image sensing system for soil-water and nitrogen levels in cotton crops. Alison's research for the Award has led to the development of an artificial intelligence and image analysis approach for estimating current and future soil-water, nitrogen and fruit load of cotton plants. Alison will present her final research findings at this year’s Australian Cotton Research Conference.

Further information and application forms are available from the ABARES website. Applications close 5pm, Friday 9 October.