Soil Science Challenge

Grant Category Scientific Research
Grant Status Closed
Delivered on behalf of Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Selection process Open
State/Territory National
Closing Date/Time AEDT

Applications are being accepted for up to $5 million total funding over 4 years for the Soil Science Challenge.

The competitive process is aimed at research organisations, with new projects that add to Australia’s soil health knowledge and address one of the following research priorities:

  • Soil carbon dynamics
  • Soil hydrology
  • Soil biology and nutrients
  • Soil/root interface

The objectives of the Soil Science Challenge are to:

  • support research to address priority gaps in the current soil-related science knowledge base; those findings are to be provided for peer review and should be prepared in a manner suitable for publishing
  • support research that contributes to the knowledge base necessary to achieve the goals of the National Soil Strategy
  • provide Australia, including industry, farmers and other land managers, with new and improved soil science to influence soil health, leading to improved productivity, profitability, resilience and to assist in mitigating climate change.

The Soil Science Challenge is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to a $214.9 million National Soil Package to implement the National Soil Strategy. The National Soil Strategy sets out how Australia will value, manage and improve its soil for the next 20 years. The strategy prioritises soil health, empowers soil innovation and stewards, and strengthens soil knowledge and capability. For more information about the National Soil Package and the National Soil Strategy visit the National Soil Package website

More information

More information about the Soil Science Challenge, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following grant opportunity documents:

  • Grant Opportunity Guidelines
  • Questions and Answers
  • Sample Commonwealth Standard Grant Agreement
  • Sample Commonwealth Standard Grant Conditions
  • Sample Commonwealth Standard Grant Agreement Supplementary Terms
  • Sample Application Form

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