ACIPA works with funding from a range of sources. Currently the Centre holds two major grants (and has several others in the process of being reviewed):
Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture
ACIPA members, Leanne Wiseman and Jay Sanderson are part of a unique project to capitalise on the big data opportunities for Australian agriculture and to transition a range of agricultural industries from precision to decision agriculture. The project was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, on 1 July 2016 and is one of seventeen successful projects announced by the Minister under round two of the Rural R&D for Profit programme.
The project, Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture, is a partnership between all 15 of Australia’s Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) (http://www.ruralrdc.com.au/rural-rdcs), led by Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), and includes other research partners such as: Data 2 Decisions CRC (D2D CRC); University of New England; Australian Farm Institute; Griffith University; University of the Sunshine Coast; and CSIR0.
The collaborative project will design a solution for the use of big data in agriculture – increasing the profitability of producers, providing clarity about data ownership and access rights, and improving farming strategies. The project will also increase the adoption of new digital technologies by farmers and professionals to improve farm profits.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme.
Harnessing Intellectual Property to Build Food Security
ARC Laureate Fellowship (2015-2020)
Food security is a very real problem in many Asian Pacific countries today. While not an issue in Australia, there is an urgent need to improve agricultural yields, increase sustainability, enhance the breeding of new plant varieties, and to assist Australian agriculture to adapt to climatic and environmental changes. At the same time, an unmet demand for food in the region provides an important opportunity for Australian agriculture. If a food-secure future for Australia and the Asia Pacific is to be achieved, higher agricultural yields must be produced from increasingly limited or degraded inputs. This project critically examines the role intellectual property is able to play in meeting these interrelated challenges and opportunities.