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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources: validation and demonstration of technologies to deliver low emission feed supplements to grazing animals - Grant program

Opportunity for

  • Solution providers, innovators, people with technical experience and know-how that have developed new and /or repurposed technologies to deliver low emissions feed supplements to grazing animals
  • Research service providers with experience in animal and feed science and enteric methane measurement capabilities. 

Opportunity description

Industry challenge:

Enteric methane – produced by the digestive system of livestock – contributes around 10 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The Australia Government has identified low emission feed supplements as a promising emerging technology in the Low Emissions Technology Statement 2021.

The uptake and effectiveness of low emission feed supplements will initially be greater in production systems where delivery of feed is more controlled, like in feedlots and dairy farms. As around 95 per cent of livestock in Australia are in dispersed grazing systems, overcoming barriers to uptake in these systems would deliver significant potential abatement.

Stages 2 and 3 of the Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock (MERiL) program seek to encourage industry and researchers to develop cost-effective (and ideally productivity-enhancing) technology solutions for delivering low emission feed supplement to grazing animals.

$20 million in grant funding is available through MERiL Stages 2 and 3 to address this challenge.

Current opportunity:

MERiL Stage 3: validation and demonstration grants aims to:

  • Fast-track the development and commercial readiness of technologies to deliver methane-reducing feed supplements to grazing livestock
  • collect data on the abatement and productivity impacts from low emissions feed supplements delivered to grazing animals
  • engage and collaborate with livestock producers to ensure the technologies can be implemented in a cost-effective way in common grazing management operations
  • leverage co-investment to develop, validate and demonstrate the technologies.

There is $15 million available over two funding rounds for those who have demonstrated the feasibility of their technology and are seeking support to validate and demonstrate its effectiveness in large-scale trials.

Stage 3 Round 1 ($6 million) is now open and closes on 7 June 2022. Stage 3 Round 2 ($9 million) will be available in 2023.

Click 'Visit website' for further information on MERiL Stage 3 Round 1.

Opportunity background:

The MERiL program includes three stages:

  • MERIL Stage 1: Research Grants (closed) is supporting research into the benefits of low emissions feed technologies for livestock. The successful projects under Stage 1 have been announced.
  • MERiL Stage 2: Feasibility and Development Grants (closed) will support those seeking to demonstrate the feasibility of their technologies to deliver low emission feed supplement grazing livestock. This includes developing prototypes and verifying the technology works through small-scale trials. Further information on MERiL Stage 2 is available here.

Successful applicants under Stage 2 will be able to apply for grants to validate and demonstrate their technologies through Stage 3 Round 2.

The MERiL Stage 3: Round 2 grant opportunity will open in 2023 with a further $9 million available for validation and demonstration projects.

Opportunity type

Seeking interest, Field trial, Seeking solutions

Express interest by

7 June 2022
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Readiness

Mid (TRL 5-7)
Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
What does this mean?
Describes the stage of the challenge or opportunity being pursued.

Project led by

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Beef cattle Beverage Cereal grains Cotton Dairy Eggs Essential oils Forestry Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Oilseeds Other rural industries Packaged food Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains Sugar Vegetables Wild catch fisheries Wine Wool

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is committed to driving economic growth and job creation for all Australians.

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Beef cattle Beverage Cereal grains Cotton Dairy Eggs Essential oils Forestry Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Oilseeds Other rural industries Packaged food Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains Sugar Vegetables Wild catch fisheries Wine Wool
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Government agency

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