Soil Science Challenge

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Closing Date: 14/2/22

The Australian Government is committed to a $214.9 million National Soil Package that will help implement the 20-year National Soil Strategy.

Aimed at research and development organisations that study and enhance Australian soil health with a focus on:

  • Soil carbon
  • Soil hydrology
  • Soil microbes and nutrients
  • the relationship between soil health and root development

The goal of this grant is to:

  • fill the current knowledge gap in soil science by providing thorough, high-quality research. The findings are then peer-reviewed and should meet all publishing standards for journals so they can be shared with industry stakeholders
  • support research that contributes to the knowledge base necessary to achieve the goals of the National Soil Strategy
  • help industry and farmers use research to improve soil health to build productivity and resilience that supports climate change mitigation


Key Criteria:

To be eligible you must:

  • be a research organisation; a company that fits one or more of the following descriptions: research and development corporation; primary industry and scientific organisation; cooperative research centre; state or territory government; corporate Commonwealth entity; university; or public or private research organisation
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution.

and be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Commonwealth Company
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Incorporated Association.
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