Welcome to the new online edition of the Innovator. After a brief stint away as acting Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement, Research and Partnerships), it is good to be back in the Director’s chair. Many thanks to Marta for stepping into the Director’s role in my absence and doing such a great job.
Our leadership team (Pathway Leaders) has been working through the Centre’s investment plan for 2018. While we don’t yet know our budget allocation from DVC-RDI, we expect to receive a similar amount to 2017. The Research Centre Fellowship Scheme is being disbanded across all Centres, so this provides some opportunities for the Graham Centre to provide more flexible funding to support the research of our members – watch this space.
Our members have been very successful in securing funding for some large initiatives of late, including work in Dung Beetles as part of a Rural Research and Development for Profit national project, Sorghum quality (GRDC), capability building in the red meat industry (AMPC), image analysis for meat quality (AMPC) and several large initiatives partnering with the industry in beef cattle research, funded through the MLA Donor Company. Congratulations to all those involved in developing these project proposals. Additionally, a number of our members have contributed to developing proposals for the Farming Smarter CRC bid, which has progressed to a Phase 2 proposal. If successful, our members will be involved in projects investigating the potential for precision agriculture approaches in the grains and red meat industries.
Finally, I wish to thank the Centre staff, members and stakeholders for their support during 2017. It has been a very busy and productive year and I wish you all an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and New Year.
Professor Michael Friend