The Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) is now inviting submissions of preliminary research proposals (PRPs) for funding to commence in the 2017-18 financial year. All research proposals must address AECL's Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) priorities.

Guideline for researchers can be found here.

Currently, AECL is prioritising research that addresses the Hen Welfare RD&E plan as well as food safety, building upon the momentum created through The Salmonella Initiative.

In essence, AECL is looking for proposals that address the key desired outcomes of:

  • improving the profitability of egg production systems
  • provision of innovative on-farm solutions and improvements in efficiency
  • ensuring the sustainability of egg production.

Please read the guidelines carefully, to ensure that your proposal meets our needs and expectations.

Please email completed PRP applications to by 1st November 2016.

Preliminary Research Proposals (PRPs)

PRPs must be in the correct format, should not exceed two pages in length and should not be accompanied by additional supporting information. Proposals should clearly and concisely identify the expected outcomes of proposed projects. Applicants should show why their proposal represents a sound investment for AECL's stakeholders. PRPs will be assessed against formal selection criteria as detailed in the application guidelines.

If a researcher is applying for support from two or more R&D Corporations, the most appropriate ‘lead' Corporation should be determined, and the research submission prepared in the way advised by that Corporation. If AECL is being asked to finance more than 50 per cent of the project, we should be considered the lead Corporation.

AECL does not usually approve projects for longer than five years. However, we recognise that some work takes more time and follow-up projects can be anticipated. AECL will also consider support for short-term activities that seek to prepare the ground for subsequent longer-term proposals.

PRP applications and guidelines can be downloaded here.

Full Research Proposals (FRPs)

If a PRP is considered a priority and the industry benefits are clear, AECL will send an invitation to submit an FRP. Support for new projects can commence in or after July of that year. Projects must finish at least three months before the end of a financial year.

Applicants are asked to show within FRPs why their project represents a sound investment opportunity for the industry.

FRP applications and guidelines can be downloaded here.

Travel and conference funding

AECL support is also available all year round for travel/conference funding. Please contact Gemma Wyburn, RD&E Project Coordinator by email or by phone on 02 9409 6999.

Key Dates



Call for preliminary research (PRPs)

1st September 2016

Deadline for PRPs

1st November 2016

Advice on PRPs/invitations for full research proposals (FRPs)

23rd January 2017

Deadline for FRPs

26th March 2017

Advice on FRPs

June 2017

Commencement of research contracts

From July 2017

Travel Requests

All year (Min. 3 months notice)


For further information

To find out more, please contact the R&D team at or by phone on 02 9409 6999.

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