Invertebrate management research seed funding scheme

Critical Dates

Friday 12 March 2021

Call for applications

Friday 30 April 2021

Applications close

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Successful projects announced

Thursday 1 July 2021

Projects commence

30 June 2022

Final project report due

13 July 2022

Present finding to AGPIP Leadership Team


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 July 2021 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 (

Scheme administration: Nick Bell (