Sugar Industry Travel and Learning Awards

Sugar Industry Travel and Learning Awards

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The purpose of the STLA is to encourage innovative thinking by industry personnel through undertaking a learning activity that has the potential to benefit the Australian sugarcane industry. Anyone with a concept that aligns to the purpose of these awards may apply. The STLA options and maximum amounts available are:

  1. up to $5,000 for individual travel awards. The Award can be spent on travel to conferences, seminars, workshops, laboratories etc., and can include fares, accommodation and other living costs, and registration fees. For conference travel, there is a preference for applicants presenting or co-authoring a paper or poster (junior researchers), or have been invited to chair a session. A copy of the abstract, paper, poster or letter of invitation should be attached if available. Use of the award for conference travel would be restricted to once every two years per applicant.
  1. up to $10,000 to cover costs involved in inviting an expert(s) with a recognised international or national reputation to conduct an event such as a workshop and/or seminar, or to provide expertise needed for a particular project or research area.
  1. up to $5,000 to cover costs associated with RD&E professionals, technicians and industry service providers undertaking professional development activities such as visiting field trials, farming methods and learning new skills. The award can be used to cover fares, accommodation and other living costs. An industry adoption or information sharing event is expected following the completion of the award.
  1. up to $30,000 as a contribution towards a longer term staff placement, learning opportunity or development of new skills. It is expected that applicants would develop new ideas, techniques and technologies that could form the basis of new research, development or adoption initiatives. The contribution could equally be used to bring a person with relevant skills/expertise from outside our industry to work with an established research or industry team. Financial and in-kind contributions would be expected.

Applicants should consult the SRA Strategic Plan and focus on innovative applications that address at least one of the following eight Key Focus Areas of investment:

  • Optimally-adapted varieties, plant breeding and release
  • Soil health and nutrient management
  • Pest, disease and weed management
  • Farming systems and production management
  • Milling efficiency and technology
  • Product diversification and value addition
  • Knowledge and technology transfer and adoption
  • Capability development, attraction and retention

Applicants should also be aware of the recently identified Impact Areas that have been identified as requiring urgent attention. These are:

  • Solving Yellow Canopy Syndrome (YCS);
  • Conventional and genetically modified (GM) plant breeding;
  • Minimising harvest losses and value chain improvements; and
  • Adoption of research.

Applications for 2016 have closed. For any queries related to the Travel and Learning awards, please contact the SRA Research Funding Unit on (07) 3331 3333 or by email at