Grower and adviser development

Grower Leadership and Development opportunities

Updated 17 Oct 2016

Building knowledge, skills and professionalism is an important component of developing enduring, profitable grain growers.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is encouraging growers to register their interest for support in accessing opportunities for developing their technical knowledge base, professional and leadership skills.

Growers may nominate a specific opportunity they have identified, or a general expression of interest.

Specific opportunities generally take the form of short course training, related to technical aspects of crop production, business management or personal development.

Where growers identify a specific opportunity for them as individuals, they will need to provide supporting material detailing the course, the provider, and other supporting information that will allow the GRDC to evaluate the proposed activity as suitable for support.

Growers recording a general expression of interest will be added to a pool for consideration for opportunities that may arise from time to time. The GRDC and regional panels, in the process of formulating potential investments, may identify capacity area gaps where training activities can be provided.
Growers who have expressed interest will be priority candidates for participation.

The GRDC also supports several events run by other organisations that provide value to the industry. These include industry, agronomic and scientific conferences, ranging from regional topic-focussed gatherings to national and international gatherings. Where the GRDC has an opportunity for registrations
through sponsorship, growers in the general interest pool may be invited to attend.

Please note: Support will not be considered for events fully funded by the GRDC, such as GRDC Updates or Workshops.

The GRDC will accept expressions of interest from individual growers to:

  1. Undertake identified short course training in technical aspects of grain production, farm business management or professional/personal development,
  2. Be included in a general expression of interest pool to attend grains industry training organised by the GRDC,
  3. Be included in the general expression of interest pool for registration for GRDC supported conferences, where these opportunities exist.

The GRDC may request evidence of attendance, fees paid or costs incurred, and/or specific outputs, such as an event report.

Register your details and area(s) of interest for the categories as listed above for consideration by the GRDC.

Applying

Applying for GRDC supported programs is now done using the GRDC Grains Investment Portal.  Once registered, users can visit the Portal anytime.

To register as a user please visit https://access.grdc.com.au/

  1. Click on the register button at the top right.
  2. Complete the Registration Form. Fill in all the fields: your email address, a password and the captcha. Your password must be alphanumeric with at least one special character (i.e. not a letter or number). Click register to continue the process.
  3. Registration is confirmed by the system sending an email to you, with details to confirm the registration process.
  4. Once the registration process is complete, you can sign in and apply for funding.

To show your interest in one of the above GRDC-supported opportunities, once logged in to the Portal, choose ‘Apply for Funding’ and select ‘Grower and Adviser Development – Expressions of Interest’ from the selections available.

Complete the details for each field available, until you reach “Submit Application” on the last page.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact GRDC’s Manager, Grower Services (Alan Umbers) on (02) 6166 4500 or via email.

Grower and Adviser Development – Study Tours

The GRDC Grower and Adviser Development Program (GAD) study tour component is targeted at groups of Australian grain growers (and accompanying advisers, or groups of advisers) seeking to arrange and undertake study and professional development, requiring travel to access these opportunities. Support
will be provided on a competitive basis for arranging visits to GRDC-supported research and development projects, or other relevant research projects, centres of excellence, farming systems groups and similar; or to support the travel of an expert in a specific scientific field to visit a community to
share their knowledge and experience.

The aim is to assist grain growers to:

  • gain new knowledge,
  • develop new skills,
  • build relationships,
  • and acquire new information

That will enable grain producing businesses to be productive, enduring and profitable.

Funding opportunities are offered twice each year, where applications will be received for GRDC support for:

  • up to one international development support program per region in the following six months, not exceeding $30,000 (exc GST) per application and
  • up to six domestic development support programs per region in the following six months, not exceeding $15,000 (exc GST) per application.

Preference will be given to applications from groups of growers (a group being 5 or more growers), that demonstrate clearly identified area/s of study, a hypothesis linking the area of study to local grain production, learning goals and proposed outcomes.

Applications should provide an evaluation of identified research projects and specialist scientists to be engaged with during the tour that can deliver the required knowledge, a well-planned itinerary, list of participants and a suitable communication plan to disseminate the knowledge learned on the
program upon completion.  Applicants will need to show they understand the reporting requirements, including the provision of a tour learning journal and final technical report.  Applicants may also be required to assist with communication and extension activities regarding their
tour if requested by the GRDC.

Applicants for domestic study tours that include GRDC funded projects and research expertise in their itineraries, demonstrating how these assist their learning objectives, will be favourably considered.  Applicants for international tours will be advantaged where they demonstrate they have
discussed and been guided by domestic GRDC funded researchers in the field of interest in formulating their proposed overseas itinerary.

To assist with identifying GRDC-funded projects of potential interest, applicants can search for and read Summaries of GRDC funded projects, or by browsing project descriptions as found under https://grdc.com.au/Research-and-Development

The GRDC is keen to support groups that have not previously applied or been recently supported.

The GRDC is unlikely to support applications where greater than 50% of the total funding is sought.

Application period

The GRDC invites and assesses Grower and Advisor Study Tour applications twice per year. The application end date for the current round is as advised on the Grains Investment Portal for this funding opportunity (see below for details on how to apply).

Selection criteria

The criteria used in evaluating GAD applications include:

  • The relative importance and suitability of the proposed study and the relevance of the proposed information learned to local grower or group needs
  • Alignment with the GRDC’s project portfolio
  • Scope of the learning objectives
  • Scope of the proposed communication plan to disseminate learnings to a wider audience.
  • Value for money.

Eligibility

This program is available to groups (minimum of 5) of Australian grain growers, and can be accompanied by an agronomic adviser.  Applications from groups of advisers may also be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Applications will not be considered from agri-political groups, lobby groups, grower groups where group staff dominate.  Growers should comprise at least 75% of any proposed study tour group.

Applying

Applying for GRDC supported programs is now done using the GRDC Grains Investment Portal.  Once registered, users can visit the Portal anytime.

To register as a user, please visit https://access.grdc.com.au/

  • Click on the register button at the top right side.
  • Complete the Registration Form. Fill in all the fields: your email address, a password and the captcha. Your password must be alphanumeric with at least one special character (i.e. not a letter or number). Click register to continue the process.
  • Registration is confirmed by the system sending an email to you, with details to complete the registration process.
  • Once the registration process is complete, you can sign in and apply for funding.

To apply for support for a proposed study tour, once logged in to the Portal, choose ‘Apply for Funding’ and select ‘Grower and Adviser Development – Study Tours’ from the selections available.

Complete the details for each field available, until you reach “Submit Application” on the last page.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact GRDC’s Manager, Grower Services (Alan Umbers) on (02) 6166 4500 or via email.

Application evaluation

Applications will be considered by a selection committee, including GRDC Regional Managers, and applicants will be informed of the decision within six weeks of the application closing date.

Reporting/governance

Successful applicants will enter into a contract with the GRDC, which will include a requirement for participants to complete a Learning / Travel Journal, as well as submission of a Final Technical Report on the outcomes of the study program and a statement of expenditure (Financial Report).  Participants will be expected to participate in communications activities: for example being interviewed by a GRDC communicator for a media article, or providing
a paper for delivery at a GRDC Update.

Payment

The GRDC may choose to fully or only partly support any application.

An initial payment of 75% of the agreed funding will be paid after the contract is signed by both parties. The balance of funds will be paid upon submission of the Learning Journal and acceptance of the Final Technical Report and Financial Report. Applicants should take this into account when planning
the dates and finances of their activities.