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2020 AgriFutures Emerging Industries Advisory Panel

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 12:00PM 25 June 2020 (AEST).

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AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from qualified individuals to represent and advise AgriFutures Australia’s Emerging Industries Program on the type and allocations of research, development and extension (RD&E) investments in the Emerging Industries Program. More broadly, the Emerging Industries Advisory Panel considers ways to effectively capitalise on new and emerging agricultural industry opportunities.

The Emerging Industries Advisory Panel consists of people with a range of skills and experience in agribusiness sectors, geographies, direct and aligned value chains, generalist and specialist skills (e.g. Agtech, foodtech, deeptech, R&D/commercialisation, production, supply chain, capital raising, entrepreneurialism, research and development, and international development). Two vacancies on the Emerging Industries Advisory Panel are available within this opportunity.

The Emerging Industries Advisory Panel, in partnership with AgriFutures Australia, provides recommendations on the allocation of RD&E funding for the AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program and will be expected to attend four Emerging Industries Advisory Panel meetings each calendar year. These are held in varying national locations at the discretion of the Senior Manager and the Emerging Industries Advisory Panel.

Emerging Industries Advisory Panel members are expected to attend meetings fully prepared, having read all discussion papers and completed all pre meeting reading and activities, such as, assessment of preliminary and full research proposal assessments. Adequate preparation will enable an effecditve level of participation in the meeting discussion, ensuring appropriate investment decisions are made on behalf of the industry. The expectation for preparation and attendance could be up to 20 days per year including some travel.

Members of Industry Advisory Panels will be appointed by the Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia following a competitive skills based assessment. The term of appointment of Panel members will initially be for three years.

Services to the Panel will be reimbursed by AgriFutures Australia. Please note that Advisory Panels do not hold financial delegations. Advisory Panel members are entitled to sitting fees for meetings and travel expenses.

Advisory Panel members are required to declare any Conflicts of Interests and sign a Confidentiality Agreement with AgriFutures Australia.

Emerging Industries Advisory Panel Member role:

The key functions of AgriFutures Australia Industry Advisory Panels are:

  • review of investment proposals and assessments
  • contributing to discussion on rural investment opportunities
  • provide considered advice to AgriFutures Australia and partners
  • limited representation of Agrifutures Australia at key industry events

Please contact AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Senior Manager, Emerging Industries Tom McCue if you wish to discuss this role further before applying.

AgriFutures Australia Senior Manager, Emerging Industries Tom McCue
0407 438 258


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