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SARMS – Industry-led Research Sub-Program (IRSP)
Program ID: 11943
This program is designed to facilitate sustainable regional economic development within the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin.

Part of the $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS), the program aims to assist regional communities diversify and adjust to new water supply arrangements. Its objectives are to:
- Build capacity of industry to adapt to new water efficiency targets specified under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
- Create improved access to overseas markets and grow the recognition and production of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment.

Round 2 of the program will be delivered through two funding streams:
1. Stream 1
- Will fund innovative and novel research, which has the potential to be implemented in the region within the next two years.
- For projects seeking funding of up to $100,000.

2. Stream 2
- Will fund innovative and novel research, which will become the catalyst for future economic development and creation of new jobs in the region.
- For projects seeking funding over $100,000 and up to a maximum of $500,000.
- Projects must be completed by February 2017.

Applicants are required to provide at least matching cash and in-kind co-contributions.

As announced in the 2015-16 South Australian Budget, the government will continue to provide a total funding pool of $5 million for this program.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants must:
- Have an ABN and/or ACN.
- Be a legal entity capable of and willing to enter into a Funding Agreement.
- Be a Registered Research Service Provider (under section 29A of the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 (Cth)).

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of ineligible applicants.
Eligible Activities
Eligible projects must address one or more of the following:
- Market research for new opportunities for primary production in the region.
- New food opportunities for the region.
- Mechanisms to utilise waste products to create new food or products or other production enhancements that could be implemented in the region.
- Improved processing systems to those currently located in the region.
- Adaptation of established businesses within the region to better manage regional risk factors.
- Optimisation of regional business systems to reduce input costs and increase production output.
- Diversification into new industries, markets, products and/or business models that could be adopted in the region.
- Innovation of new technology to benefit regional agricultural production, water management and/or business management.

Please refer to the Guidelines for specific project eligibility for each stream and the list of eligible locations.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include:
- Alignment with project focus areas.
- Project feasibility in terms of delivery and budget.
- Innovation and potential for regional development.
- Research relevance and application to industry.
- Collaboration between researchers and industry.
- Minimisation of risks to project delivery and outcomes.
- Clear definition of activities, outputs and outcomes.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information on the criteria.
Applies to
GuidelinesJune 2017
Application FormJune 2017
RecipientsJune 2017
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Pending
Start Application 6 April 2015
Opening Date 20 April 2015
Closing Date 29 May 2015
Closing Information
The next funding round is yet to be announced.
Funding Type Grant
Maximum Funding $500,000
Total Funding Pool $5.0M
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location South Australia
Automotive and Marine
Food and Beverage
Information Technology and Communication (ICT)
Environment and Sustainability
Innovation and R&D
Difficulty Rating
Department of Primary Industries and Regions (DPIR)
Program Administrator
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)
Telephone 08 8463 7428
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