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Applying for Funding

CRDC’s annual procurement round is the key opportunity for researchers and research organisations to apply for funding for research into CRDC’s priority areas.

The procurement round begins with a strategic review of each of the goals under the CRDC 2018-23 Strategic RD&E Plan (through discipline and research priority forums involving CRDC, Cotton Australia, the research advisory panels, CottonInfo and researchers) in May to identify the research needs and gaps.

Following this review, CRDC then releases guidelines through an Expression of Interest (EOI) call inviting researchers to submit Full Research Proposals. The EOI guidelines:

  • Identify the issue to be addressed
  • Provide a brief overview of the project (the idea here is not to be prescriptive, but to allow the researcher to bring their ideas to the project and enable innovation)
  • Define the outcomes to be achieved
  • State any outputs to be delivered
  • Outline selection criteria to be met for the successful awarding of the project.


The EOI guidelines may also provide guidance as to how much CRDC is prepared to invest in a particular area to achieve that outcome.

Once the EOI guidelines are prepared, researchers are asked to develop a Full Research Proposal to address the guidelines. These proposals will then be evaluated by the Cotton Australia panels and CRDC’s R&D Managers, and recommendations made to the CRDC Board.

The CRDC Board will determine the successful projects, and preliminary advice will be provided to researchers (with final advice given once budgetary approvals have been received from the Department of Agriculture).

Important note re the 2020-21 investment period: 

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing drought, CRDC has a very limited amount of funding available to invest in projects in the 2020-21 year. As a result, CRDC is no longer issuing a call for full research proposals for projects to commence in July 2020.

The limited funds available will be invested into areas of highest RD&E priority, and CRDC's R&D team will be working with our research partners over the coming months to identify the partnership opportunities. 

If the season improves, this decision will be re-evaluated, with advice provided to our research partners.

We are very cognisant of the impact of both the climatic and financial situations, and are working closely with our research partners to ensure our cotton research community is supported.