To generate focused research, Australian Eggs works with industry to build a clearer understanding of the needs of farmers, identifies research groups with the skills to address the issues, and develops targeted research project ideas that have clear pathways to on-farm adoption.
Research proposals can be generated two ways:
- By holding an open call for proposals with specific reference to a set of guidelines
- Through consultation and tenders that capture industry priorities not met by open call
For any research to be considered, first and foremost, it must align with Australian Eggs’ Strategic Plan 2017-21. Other criteria that must be met are:
- Potential for on-farm adoption
- Positive return on investment to industry
- How a project fits within a balanced research portfolio encompassing:
- Production system
- Short term application
- Long term development of knowledge
- Rural R&D priorities
- Federal government science and research priorities
Australian Eggs engages an Industry Consultative Committee (ICC) consisting of egg farmers and experts such as vets to help make decisions about what to fund. This ensures that research proposals are assessed based on the needs of the industry.
Research projects must meet the needs of the industry and generate industry applicable outcomes. While not every single project will have a tangible outcome, it should provide a step towards this end goal.
Engaging industry in the process of RD&E will improve these outcomes by providing researchers with input throughout the project. Steering committees are engaged on all research projects to provide objective advice and direction and to keep projects focused.
Australian Eggs has placed more focus on extension activities in the RD&E process by elevating adoption as a criteria for project planning and selection. We are also investing more resources into creating clear communication channels and face-to-face workshops to ensure research outputs are accessible and adoptable.