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Strategic Research & Development Plan 2012-17

Other national priorities

In developing this strategic plan, the GRDC has considered the priorities endorsed by the grains industry, the RD&E sector and the Australian Government and state governments in the Grains Industry National RD&E Strategy.

The key goals of the strategy are to:

  1. Build on existing national collaboration by developing improved processes for:
    • Identifying and prioritising issues for RD&E investment
    • Ensuring effective stakeholder engagement (growers, industry and RD&E partners)
    • Agreeing common definitions and common impact evaluation assessments
    • Reducing transactional costs in managing RD&E.
  2. Devise more effective relationship models for engagement between public and private sector investment in RD&E to foster:
    • Investment by multinational bioscience companies in strategic research in Australia
    • The efficient delivery of extension through arrangements with consultants, agribusiness, and farming systems and grower groups
    • Value-adding opportunities for domestic and export grains.
  3. Implement agency roles within the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC’s) major–support–link National RD&E Framework to develop:
    • National research programs to create critical mass that will address national priorities and deliver national and regional outcomes
    • National centres of research capability to maintain critical infrastructure and critical science disciplines; and to establish links to access international research outputs
    • Regional networks of applied RD&E, which support farming systems, improved practices, and adoption of national research outcomes.
  4. Develop a national capability building plan to secure the intellectual and human capital and physical resources required to underpin future RD&E and industry innovation.
  5. Develop a mechanism for regular review and alignment of government and industry objectives and agreement on priorities and portfolio balance under the National Grains RD&E Strategy.

In addition to implementing the Grains Industry National RD&E Strategy, the GRDC will collaborate with other RDCs and research organisations to support cross-sectoral research, guided by the strategies developed under the National Primary Industries RD&E Framework. The cross-sectoral strategies that align with GRDC’s investment themes are shown in Table 4.

Table 4 Alignment between GRDC investment themes and cross-sectoral national RD&E strategies for primary industries

GRDC themes Cross-sectoral strategies1
1 Meeting market requirements

5 Improving your farm resource base
Biofuels and Bioenergy

Food and Nutrition
2 Improving crop yield

4 Advancing profitable farming systems

5 Improving your farm resource base
Climate Change

Water Use in Agriculture

Soils
3 Protecting your crop Plant Biosecurity

1 Described in the Primary Industries Ministerial Council publication National Primary Industries Research, Development and Extension Framework Statement of Intent, June 2011.


The strategic plan is also informed and influenced by the broader National Innovation Priorities, which were announced by the Australian Government in May 2009. The National Innovation Priorities are:

  1. Public research funding supports high-quality research that addresses national challenges and opens up new opportunities.
  2. Australia has a strong base of skilled researchers to support the national research effort in both the public and private sectors.
  3. The innovation system fosters industries of the future, securing value from the commercialisation of Australian research and development.
  4. More effective dissemination of new technologies, processes, and ideas increases innovation across the economy, with a particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
  5. The innovation system encourages a culture of collaboration within the research sector and between researchers and industry.
  6. Australian researchers and businesses are involved in more international collaborations on research and development.
  7. The public and community sectors work with others in the innovation system to improve policy development and service delivery.
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