Invertebrate management research seed funding scheme

Critical Dates

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Call for applications

Friday 12 November 2021

Applications close

Friday 26 November 2021

Successful projects announced

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Projects Contracted (commence within the month)

31 January 2023

Final project report due

January 2023

Present finding to AGPIP Leadership Team


Do you have innovative technologies/ideas?

Would you like to test these ideas in a different field?

Applicants from all fields are welcome!

New seed funding opportunities are available for ideas, emerging technologies and methodologies from all UoM Faculties that may have application in solving intractable agricultural issues involving insect/invertebrate pests.  The Scheme has a total of $50,000 available p.a., which may be awarded to one or several projects. Projects begin in December 2021/January 2022 and run for 12 months.

The Australian Grains Pest Innovation Program (AGPIP) aims to use novel pest suppressive technologies such as endosymbionts and forecasting approaches for the management of invertebrate pests, to provide innovative solutions, insecticide resistance management and grower tools to reduce the impact of pests, decrease disease transmission, and increase farmer/grower certainty on pest management.

The Program also includes seed funding opportunities for research teams across all UoM Faculties and specifically outside of the AGPIP to harness cross-UoM capabilities to open up new approaches to managing invertebrate pests in the grains industry. These funds are administered through an Invertebrate Management Research Seed Funding Scheme.  The Scheme:

  • aims to engage researchers and research groups across the UoM in an exploration of non-traditional or less traditional approaches that tackle previously intractable pest management issues currently facing Australian grain growers;
  • focuses on solutions to these constraints that have the capacity to initiate step-changes in the grains industry;
  • encourages novelty compared to more traditional ‘entomological’ approaches, with solutions aiming to reduce grower input costs and reduce the industry’s reliance on a small group of broad-spectrum insecticides.

We envisage that projects that establish a successful proof-of concept solution to the industry constraint may be eligible to attract additional funding from the GRDC.

Eligibility for University of Melbourne Applicants

  • Applicants must be employees of the University of Melbourne and 0.5 FTE or higher at the time of application and for the duration of the award.
  • Honorary and adjunct academic staff are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

  1. Review the guidelines

    Funding Guidelines

  2. Complete the application

    Application Form

  3. Submit your application

    Submit the completed application by email to


Scheme coordinator

Dr Garry McDonald (

Miss Sonia Sharma (

Scheme administration Scheme administration

Mr Nick Bell (