The South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub has welcomed the announcement that a $34.2 million (GST exclusive) competitive grants process for innovative projects to manage and prepare for the impacts of drought has opened.

The Drought Resilience Innovation Grants are a key element of the Future Drought Fund’s Research and Adoption program.

Expressions of interest are invited for projects to manage and prepare for the impacts of drought through the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund (FDF).

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the Drought Resilience Innovation Grants would drive development, extension, adoption and commercialisation of drought resilience practices and technologies.

Three grant types are available in this EOI and grant opportunity:

  • Ideas Grants will provide $50,000 (GST inclusive) for one year.
  • Proof-of-Concept Grants will provide funding of up to $120,000 (GST inclusive) for one year.
  • Innovation Grants will provide funding of between $300,000 to $1.1 million (GST inclusive) per year for a maximum of three years.

Closing Date : 8th September

The South Australian Drought Hub will be delivering outcomes to end users. There is a focus within the Innovation Grants on development, extension and adoption activities, but basic research will not be funded. The South Australian Drought Hub can assist with identifying on ground partners for proposals.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide who are planning to submit an EOI are encouraged to contact Prof Chris Preston, SA Drought Hub Interim Director ( or Dr Rhiannon Schilling, SA Drought Hub Deputy Director ( 

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