April 2018 Competitive Round Call for Expressions of Interest Closing date for applications 15th June, 2018 ×

Call for Applications

Call for Applications

 The Application Process

The FRDC invests through a flexible approach. Part of this approach allows the Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and Subprograms to call for applications based on their priorities up to three times per year in November, April and August. If the RACs, IPAs and Subprograms do not have any priorities they wish to address, a call for applications may NOT occur.

The FRDC will evaluate applications based on two levels of assessment:

  • Greater than $175,000 (incl GST) assessed by the FRDC Board. This will occur at the April, August and November board meetings.
  • Less than $175,000 (incl GST) and considered low risk, assessed by the FRDC. An application can be submitted at any time where an RAC, subprogram or IPA wishes to address an issue. These projects must have a budget of less than $175,000 and be considered a low risk by the FRDC.
 

April 2018 Competitive Round Call for Expressions of Interest is NOW OPEN
Closing date for applications 15th June, 2018

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address research, development & extension (RD&E) priorities nominated by the FRDC’s Advisory Groups: Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and FRDC Subprograms.

The nominated RD&E priorities for investment are outlined below. EOI’s that address multiple priorities are encouraged.

Applicants may also submit an EOI that does not address a nominated priority; however, it should be noted that preference may be given to applications that address nominated priorities. If you do wish to submit an application that does not address one of these priorities, it is recommended that you first discuss your research concept with the relevant FRDC Advisory Group contact. In addition, FRDC strongly recommends that all applicants consult with the relevant stakeholder groups and expected end users to ensure that research concepts has the support of beneficiaries. Support can be demonstrated through formal letters of support, in-kind contributions and project cash contributions.

Minimum EOI Requirements

All EOIs MUST be completed via FishNet. www.fishnet.gov.au.

Refer to the FRDC’s process for Applying for Funding.

Once you have completed your EOI you must finalise it on FishNet so that FRDC receives notification that the application is submitted. Failure to do so may mean that your application is not submitted and therefore not considered for funding.

If you have any questions or issues with FishNet, please contact the FRDC by phone (02) 6285 0400 or email frdc.programs@frdc.com.au.

Applications must be finalised by the 15th of June, 2018. Applications not submitted by this date may not be accepted unless prior approval for a later submission date is provided by the FRDC.

Each EOI must clearly outline how it will meet the relevant identified Need(s). Provide a clear description of the proposed Method to achieve the stated Objectives, and deliver the expected Outputs and Outcomes. The application should include a quantification of the impact of the research if the outputs were adopted such as a change in fisheries management, an improvement in the species population, increased profitability or efficiency of the commercial sector or improvements in recreational fishing experiences. This needs to be described in the outputs and outcomes section. Applicants also need to define project extension activities that will be used to disseminate expected project findings. A realistic Budget that reflects the activity to be undertaken is to be provided along with Justification for the budget request. Where appropriate, applicants should demonstrate collaboration with other relevant research providers and end users and also consider past and current research to avoid duplication and build on previous outputs.

After the 15th of June 2018, the FRDC will forward each EOI to the relevant FRDC Advisory Group(s) (e.g. RAC/IPA/Subprogram) for assessment. Following their meetings in July/August 2018, each FRDC Advisory Group will provide advice that will be communicated to applicants on whether their application has been supported or not supported in the round. An application that is not supported by an FRDC Advisory Group(s) is unlikely to be successful in obtaining funding.

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS INCLUDING PRIORITIES

A summary of the yearly process is as follows:

  • Closing date for applications is 15 February.
  • Applications will be assessed by the RACs, subprograms and IPAs in March.
  • The FRDC will assess these applications in April and notify applicants in April–May.

The SECOND CALL for applications may be developed in April, as required, following the RAC, subprogram and IPA meetings.

  • Closing date for applications is 15 June.
  • Applications will be assessed by the RACs, subprograms and IPAs in July.  
  • The FRDC will assess these applications in August and notify applicants in August–September.

The THIRD CALL for applications may be developed in August, as required, following the RAC, subprogram and IPA meetings.

  • Closing date for applications is 15 September.
  • Applications will be assessed by the RACs, subprograms and IPAs in October.
  • The FRDC will assess these applications in November and notify applicants in November–December.

If in doubt, check with the FRDC's project managers - see Advisory Group page.

 

April, 2018 Competitive Round Call for Expressions of Interest

 

Priority

Leadership and change challenge

 

Need

The self-identity of many fishers is characterised by high levels of self-reliance and independence from authority. As a consequence, fishers are often limited in their capacity to engage with, and adapt to, shifts in policy and context.

Fishers commonly express the need for a stronger sense of being heard and participating on an equal footing with other stakeholders. Without this, there is reluctance to work together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Strategies are needed to facilitate more active and productive participation of fishers in industry and stakeholder forums.

 

We need to build capacity at the grass roots level for:

  • Understanding individuals behaviours/personality (and the impact this may have on others)
  • Communication skills
  • Logistical planning of meetings and forums
  • How to create and build relationships within industry and with stakeholders
  • Succession planning (both own business and sector)

 

 

 

 

 

Planned outcomes

Delivery of programs and training that result in increased leadership and development of processes that enable change driven by fishermen

Funding Partners

Northern Territory Research Advisory Committee

 

 

 

 

Priority

To gain a better understanding of the spawning aggregations and dynamics of Pearl Perch (Glaucosoma scapulare)

Need

A recent stock assessment (Stock assessment of the Queensland and New South Wales pearl perch fishery – 2017) has indicated a stock status classification of “transitional depleting”, with the risk of recruitment overfishing uncertain. A relatively small fishery that is data poor, there is a current lack of understanding of the spawning reproduction, biology and spatial distribution of the species.

Current restrictions on knowledge include:

  • Pearl Perch differ from other rocky reef species (such as Snapper) where the spatial and temporal extent of spawning is fairly well known.
  • There is still uncertainty around the spawning and reproductive biology of this species as previous research, as well as ongoing monitoring, has sampled very few fish in spawning condition.
  • Given the number of fish sampled by extensive research and long-term monitoring project (LTMP) sampling over many years, this is surprising and suggests an unusual reproductive dynamic.

 

Planned outcomes

  • Improved accuracy of stock estimates
  • Better informed stock assessment model and harvest strategy assessments

Funding Partners

Queensland Research Advisory Committee

 

The Evaluation Process

 All applications are evaluated against the same criteria as outlined in the Application evaluation procedure.

Competitive Funding

The FRDC’s main funding mechanism is the (Annual) Competitive Round that comprises the three calls outlined above.

Below provides an indicative overview of the application process for this form of competitive funding.

There are a number steps to initiating your application and getting assessed.  

  1. Review the call for applications material and ensure that your research project aligns with priorities outlined with the call.
  2. Speak with the relevant advisory groups or FRDC Research Advisory Committee managers - see Advisory Group Page.
  3. Prepare your application (Expression of Interest - EOI) via Fishnet (www.fishnet.gov.au) and submit to the FRDC. Ensure that you meet the due date, as outlined above.
  4. The FRDC will then distribute your application to the relevant advisory bodies for review.
  5. The application will then assessed by the FRDC for approval pathway (Board or Executive Director depending on application)
  6. The FRDC will provide formal advice regarding the status of your application pending assessment.

It is important that once you have completed your EOI you must finalise it on FishNet so that FRDC receives notification that the application is submitted. Failure to do so may mean that your application is not submitted and therefore not considered.

If you have any questions or problems with Fishnet, please contact the FRDC by phone (02) 6285 0400 or email frdc.programs@frdc.com.au