Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock: Research Grants

Funds for on-ground trials to collect data on emissions and productivity impacts from the use of low-emissions technologies.
This grant is currently closed to applications
Application detail:

Maximum project period of 2.5 years.

What do you get?

Grants from $500,000 to $1.5 million.

Who is this for?

Businesses with projects that involve Australian producers trialling low emissions feed technologies.


The Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock: Research Grants support on-ground trials involving Australian producers to collect data on emissions and productivity impacts from the use of low-emissions feed technologies. There is a total of $4 million in grant funding available.

The objectives are to:

  • engage livestock producers and build an evidence-base to support calculation of livestock emissions reductions and productivity outcomes (e.g. dose-responses) in livestock, from the use of feed technologies
  • increase livestock producers’ and service providers’ experience with feed technology products
  • verify claimed productivity and emissions reduction benefits
  • leverage co-investment in technologies that have the potential to reduce livestock emissions
  • support partnerships between producers and industry to advance emissions reduction in livestock.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • a co-operative.

Joint applications are acceptable and encouraged. To submit a joint application you must have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

We can only accept applications where:

  • the project is supported by your board (or equivalent)
  • you can complete the project and meet any costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • you certify that you will provide research data and outputs to the department and any nominated third party for developing the emissions framework
  • you declare (using our template) that you have or will have relevant intellectual property arrangements to undertake your project
  • you provide all mandatory attachments in your application.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of ‘Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme’
  • an individual
  • an unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

If you are ineligible to apply, you can be a partner to a joint application where the lead organisation is eligible to apply.


How do you apply?

The Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock: Research Grants is closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and give evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

The Minister will make the final decision.

You must address all assessment criteria in your application. We will assess your application based on the weighting given to each criterion.

Assessment criterion 1 – The extent that your project will contribute data on livestock emissions reduction and productivity outcomes by conducting trials on low emissions feed technologies (30 points).

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  • how your project will generate data to support livestock emission reduction and productivity outcome calculations when using low emissions feed technologies
  • the applicability of your research to calculating livestock emission reductions and productivity outcomes across a range of environments and/or production systems
  • the extent that your project complements, builds on and does not duplicate existing or planned research
  • how you will make your data available to support a new livestock emissions framework.

Assessment criterion 2 – The extent that your project will engage livestock producers and service providers to develop understanding and increase experience with low emissions feed technologies (30 points).

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  1. how livestock producers or service providers will participate in your data collection
  2. how your project will demonstrate the benefits of using low emissions feed technologies, including ease of use and cost-effectiveness, and support their uptake
  3. how you will communicate trial findings and engage with industry to encourage adoption of new feed technologies.

Assessment criterion 3 – Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points).

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  1. your project team’s knowledge, skills and access to resources to effectively manage your project, including your access to personnel with relevant skills and experience
  2. your project plan, including your plan to:
    • manage the project including scope, implementation methodology and timeframes
    • mitigate delivery risks
    • secure required regulatory or other approvals
  3. your communications plan, including your plan to publish and disseminate information to producers and other industry stakeholders
  4. how you will measure the success of your project.

You must attach a project plan, communication plan and a detailed project budget with your application.

Assessment criterion 4 – Impact of grant funding (20 points).

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  1. the quantum of co-investment (cash or in-kind contributions from your entity, other levels of government or project partners)
  2. how the grant will impact your project scope
  3. the likelihood your project would not proceed without the grant
  4. any additional investment the grant will leverage and explain how this benefits your project.

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We’ll make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We’ll make subsequent payments after we have received and accepted the required report. We set aside a minimum of 5% of the total grant funding for the final payment. We’ll pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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Project budget template

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Intellectual property declaration template

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