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National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Feasibility Study Grants

National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Feasibility Study Grants

The Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction has launched Stage 1 of the $50 million National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge, which aims to fast-track the development of lower-cost, accurate technical approaches to measure soil carbon.  The Challenge will have multiple competitive grant rounds, to support feasibility studies, proof of concept testing, and validation and deployment through on-farm trials. 


Stage 1 of the Challenge provides grants of up to $100,000 to applicants to conduct three-month feasibility studies into new technologies.  The minimum grant amount is $50,000, with $1 million available for this grant opportunity.

Stage 2 will be opened in the coming months, with $49 million in grants available to support proof of concept activities and validation and deployment of proposed technologies, until June 2024.

Applications open 10 November 2021 and close at 4pm QLD AEST on Friday, 10 December 2021.  Information about program, including the Stage 1 grant opportunity guidelines and sample application form, is available at https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/soil-carbon-measurement-innovation-challenge


Terri Buono

Senior Project Officer (Regional Extension Co-ordination)

Reef Plan

North Region

Rural Economic Development

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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