Filling the Research Gap (FtRG)
- Filling the Research Gap to help farmers - 3 April 2013
- Priority research for farmers and other land managers - 14 November 2012
- Agriculture shares $70 million in research grants - 17 May 2012
About Filling the Research Gap
Filling the Research Gap is a component of the Carbon Farming Futures program and will invest $201 million over 6 years to support research into emerging abatement technologies, strategies and innovative management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector, sequester carbon and enhance sustainable agricultural practices.
Filling the Research Gap is building on research undertaken through the Climate Change Research Program. Projects will target current research gaps around abatement technologies and practices. The research priorities are reducing methane emissions, reducing nitrous oxide emissions, sequestering carbon and improving modelling capability.
Research outcomes will underpin the development of new abatement methodologies that land managers can use to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). The CFI, a voluntary carbon offsets scheme, allows participating land managers to earn additional income from reducing emissions and storing carbon in the landscape.
Filling the Research Gap is also funding a national common practice survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This survey will identify common farming practices across various production systems and farming regions.
This information will be used to underpin the CFI additionality test and the development of offset methodologies.
About the Research Strategy
The Filling the Research Gap — Research Strategy (July 2012 to June 2017) has been developed to guide investment, direct research and explain the aims and goals of Filling the Research Gap. Research priorities for each funding round are outlined in the grant program guidelines, and are determined by comparing current research gaps to the objectives outlined by the overarching research strategy.
About Round 2
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, announced the outcomes of Round 2 of the Filling the Research Gap program on 3 April 2013. The Round 2 grant program guidelines support 31 grants valued at $30 million. A list of successful projects are now available on the website.
About Round 1
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, announced the outcomes of Round 1 of the Filling the Research Gap program on 17 May 2012. Round 1 grant program guidelines support 57 grants valued at $47 million. The projects operate under national research programs that have been developed to facilitate knowledge sharing:
- National Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Research Program
- National Livestock Methane Program
- National Agricultural Manure Management Program
- National Soil Carbon Program
- National Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Modelling Program
Please call the Filling the Research Gap Hotline on 1800 108 760 or email Filling the Research Gap.
Filling the Research Gap is administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
To find out more about the other Carbon Farming Futures programs administered by the department, please follow the links below:
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