Thoroughbred industry research project ideas sought

In an exciting announcement for the Australian Thoroughbred breeding industry, a call for initial research project ideas, to be funded by new research & development levy, was made this week…

AgriFutures Australia is looking to fund research that will support the profitability and sustainability of Australia’s world-leading thoroughbred industry.

AgriFutures Australia has released an Interim Thoroughbred Horses Five Year RD&E Plan 2017-2022 and is now calling for preliminary research proposals (PRPs) that address one of the short terms goals specified under the six objectives in the RD&E Plan:

1. Continue to improve breeding outcomes and foal health and development
2. Reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites in horses
3. Improve the safety of industry participants and the welfare of horses and enhance the sustainability of the industry
4. Promote education and training for the horse industry through opportunities for training researchers and by effective communication of RD&E to horse industry stakeholders
5. Industry planning, economic benefit studies and market research
6. Reduce injury and breakdown of horses in work and training

This is an exciting opportunity for researchers to contribute to the newly-formed Thoroughbred Horses RD&E Program.

The Thoroughbred Horses open call closes 5.00pm (AEDT) 19 February 2018.

Preliminary Research Proposal Submission Checklist

• All PRPs should be submitted online using Clarity.
• If the project requires statistical analysis, has a qualified statistician been engaged to undertake or support project design and data analyses?
• Does the proposal clearly identify who will undertake the bulk of the work? (This may not necessarily be the Principal Investigator, it could be new staff and/or students.)
• Has the proposal been discussed with AgriFutures Australia?
• Has the proposal been discussed with people in the Thoroughbred Horses industry?
• Does the proposal show knowledge and understanding of relevant prior research?
• Does the proposal clearly articulate what the applied outcome and impact for industry will be? (Even if the project is part of a long-term research program, there should still be a focus on an applied outcome that will increase industry profitability.)
• Does the proposal clearly outline a process for extension of research outcomes to industry? (i.e. beyond the distribution of research summaries and conference presentations.)

Researchers are strongly advised to contact AgriFutures Australia prior to submitting a PRP:

Melanie Bradley
Program Manager, Research and Innovation
02 6923 6913
0407 987 738