Australia: Research community helps kick start new Pork CRC
Applications for the 2011-2012 inaugural funding round for research projects with the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork are in and early indications are that the research community and industry has embraced the opportunity to help drive the agenda.
Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, thanked all applicants and said the breadth and quality of proposals appeared promising, although they were yet to be analysed in depth, as final submissions only closed on August 15.
Funding recommendations by the Pork CRC’s Expert Scientific Groups are due to be made by September 5, with successful projects then put before the Pork CRC’s Research and Development Committee by September 19.
The Pork CRC will then review and ratify the recommendations in mid-October, before advising successful applicants by the end of that month.
“We also received a good response to our call for submissions for shorter term projects that represent genuine innovation that we hope will result in system changing outcomes for the Australian industry,” Dr Campbell said.
The four Programs in the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork are:
1. Confinement free sow and piglet management
2. Herd health management
3. Healthy pork consumption
4. Carbon-conscious nutrient inputs and outputs