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Industry linked research proposals wanted

Australia - Victoria's Fisheries Research Advisory Body (VicFRAB) is seeking preliminary research proposals for the 2008/09 round of funding from Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

Preliminary proposals must be developed in full consultation with industry, relevant fisheries management agencies and achieve the qualified support of the associated bodies. They must also be consistent with FRDC's research priorities, which are defined in its Strategic Plan, and Victoria's own Fisheries and Aquaculture Research and Development Strategy, 2005-2010.

The advisory body says that it may take more than a year to develop large, integrated projects that meet key stakeholder needs. But it is working hard to encourage the aquaculture sector to get involved at all levels and pre-plan possible projects for both the 2008/09 round and any future funding allocations.

Practical outcomes
The emphasis is on projects including stakeholder engagement from the start. Applicants are being urged to forge partnerships with beneficiaries to develop objectives and programs that have valuable practical outcomes and commercial relevance to the aquaculture industry.

VicFRAB says it is important that extension and communication activities are integrated into proposals to capture project outputs that may drive desirable practice change. These activities must also be addressed during the entire project life cycle.

Organisations and/or individuals who wish to submit proposals should register through FishNET on the FRDC website:

Submissions are due via Fishnet by COB 15 June 2007. For information on the progress and timelines adopted for the selection proposals contact Jarrod Gooden on 9347 9299 (

A copy of Victoria's Fisheries and Aquaculture Research and Development Strategy, 2005-2010 is available online at