AFII Strategic Investment Program



Are you conducting research that could have a real-world impact on the agrifood sector? You may be eligible to apply for funding through the Agrifood Innovation Institute (AFII) Strategic Investment Program.

The AFII Strategic Investment Program is open to all ANU researchers and research students.

The Program supports the development of a collaborative innovation ecosystem dedicated to transforming agriculture through industry-aligned research, capability development, knowledge transfer, increased utilisation of technology, and promotion of best practices.

The Program will support research translation through these three categories:

Scoping – up to $5,000 (maximum duration three months)

Undertake preliminary investigations into industry need for an idea or solution they would like to develop and translate their research expertise into impact.

Engagement – up to $20,000 (maximum duration six months)

Undertake workshop, co-design and/or prototyping activities with industry partners to refine ideas and solutions they seek to develop which address agrifood sector needs.

Collaboration – up to $50,000 (duration negotiable)

Provides seed funding support to interdisciplinary teams to leverage external funds, for projects that develop solutions that address an industry-identified challenge in the agrifood sector.

The Program is open to ANU researchers and research students

  • Complete and return an Expression of Interest form to [email protected] with AFII Strategic Investment Program – EOI in the subject line.
  • A member of the AFII Research Translation team will meet with you to discuss the project concept, appropriate category of support, and suitability of the project for development of an application.
  • Suitably developed ideas from the EOI process will be invited to complete an application for the appropriate category of support.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of funding, or allocation of resources following the assessment process.

  • EOIs close on 19 April 2024
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome on 10 May 2024

Program guidelines

Expression of Interest form

Questions regarding the Strategic Investment Program can be directed to RTI Lead, Martin Amidy, at [email protected]