Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock – Stage 3: Validation and Demonstration Round 2

Grants for the validation and demonstration of solutions to reduce methane emissions from grazing animals at large-scale.
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Closing date: Wednesday 20 March 2024 5:00pm AEDT Wed 20 Mar 2024 5:00pm AEDT

What do you get?

Funding from $1 million up to $3 million to cover up to 80% of eligible expenditure.

Who is this for?

Incorporated entities, incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust, co-operatives, publicly funded research organisations (PFRO), Australian state/territory Government agency or body.

Overview

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to validate and demonstrate technologies to deliver methane-reducing livestock feed supplements to grazing animals and other solutions to reduce methane emissions from grazing livestock (beef and dairy cattle, and sheep) at large scale.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their proposed solutions will be safe and effective in reducing enteric emissions in an operational environment. Please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines for full details.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • fast-track the development and commercial readiness to deliver methane-reducing solutions to grazing animals at large-scale
  • validate and demonstrate the impacts, effectiveness and safety of methane-reducing solutions under Australian operational environments
  • engage and collaborate with livestock producers to ensure methane-reducing solutions can be adopted in a cost-effective way within common grazing management operations
  • leverage co-investment to develop, validate and demonstrate benefits of the methane-reducing solutions.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • cost-effective delivery of methane-reducing solutions to grazing animals ready for commercialisation
  • improved estimation of the emissions from grazing animals receiving methane-reducing solutions
  • increased market interest in and acceptance of methane-reducing solution for grazing animals.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and are one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • a co-operative
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • an Australian state/territory Government agency or body.

You can’t 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 employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • an individual
  • an unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

Partner with other organisations

You can partner with one or more other organisations to deliver the project. But you must decide who the lead organisation is.

The lead organisation must meet the eligibility criteria and fill out the application form. You must identify all other members of the proposed group and include a letter of support from each of the project partners in line with section 7.2 of the guidelines.

If we give your group the grant, the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement.

You must complete your project by 31 March 2027.

Your project must:

  • involve large-scale trials to deliver methane-reducing solutions to grazing animals under Australian operational environments to:
    • validate and demonstrate methane emissions reduction
    • validate and demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of methane-reducing solutions
    • collect data on the methane abatement impacts and provide the data to DCCEEW for informing updates to the Livestock Emissions Framework and to the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
  • involve validation and demonstration activities conducted in Australia
  • publish (or have submitted for publishing) outcomes of validation and demonstration activities in a peer-reviewed publication
  • involve engagement and collaboration with livestock producers to ensure methane-reducing solutions can be implemented in a cost-effective way within common grazing management operations
  • develop a commercialisation plan for how the methane-reducing solution would be scaled up and brought to market
  • have at least $1,250,000 in eligible expenditure.

Activities may include:

  • trials to validate and demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of the methane-reducing solution under relevant environments and abatement impacts
  • working with livestock producers to plan, design, construct and conduct trials in an Australian operational environment
  • preparing, publishing, presenting or otherwise disseminating project data and outcomes to inform stakeholders of the outcomes of project trials.

You can apply for a grant between $1 million and $3 million.

You can use this grant funding for:

  • labour for personnel directly employed for the project activities
  • labour on-costs up to 30 per cent of the total eligible labour costs
  • staff training that directly supports the achievement of project outcomes
  • contract expenditure, i.e. the cost of any agreed project activities that you contract to others. All contractors must have a written contract in place covering the work to be undertaken, prior to starting the relevant project activity
  • purchase or hire of equipment directly related to delivering your project, including enteric emissions measurement equipment, computing equipment and software relating to field trials
  • project input expenses, such as animals, feed and feed supplements
  • construction costs for creating trial sites, including purchasing materials, fencing, planning, construction and maintenance for the duration of the project
  • domestic travel (limited to economy fares only) limited to 10 per cent of the total eligible project expenditure, for the cost of accommodation and transportation required to conduct agreed project and collaboration activities in Australia
  • the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure up to a maximum of 1 per cent of total eligible project expenditure.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete. You can’t correct a mistake.

First we check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Then we assess your application against the assessment criteria.

The assessment criteria are a set of rules that describe how we must assess each application.

We give each criterion a certain number of points. You must score at least 50 per cent against each assessment criterion to be considered for a grant.

We’ll decide whether to award you the grant based on the total number of points we give your application.

  • Assessment criterion 1: Feasibility of your methane-reducing solutions for grazing animals (beef and dairy cattle, and sheep) (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Market opportunity of your solution (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 4: Impact of grant funding (10 points).

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The decision maker (who is a delegate in DCCEEW with policy responsibility for the program) makes the final decision.

Apply now

Apply for the Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock - Stage 3: Validation and Demonstration Round 2 now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read all eligibility and assessment criteria closely
  • read the detailed list of supporting documentation required to be attached to your application.
Apply now

Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

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If you submit your application before the close date you can retrieve it to make changes provided you resubmit it before the close date.

We will not consider or assess any applications submitted after the close date under any circumstances.

Past and future rounds

Stage 3, Round 2
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Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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