Changes to funding applications

Please be aware of changes to The Australian Egg Corporation Limited’s (AECL’s) open call for the On-Farm Innovation and Efficiency Program.

AECL will no longer hold an open tender for research proposals. This is due to prioritisation of research to meet current industry needs and expectations. Instead a tender process will be run for projects in the areas of:

  • Animal welfare, and
  • Food safety

We are always open to discussing new ideas for research in any topic area so if you have any questions, want to be notified directly of the tender announcement or wish to discuss any ideas in development, please contact us at


For funding to commence in each financial year, AECL invites submissions via a tender process. All research proposals must address AECL's Research, Development and Extension priorities. 

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 efficiency of egg production systems
  • ensuring continuous improvement on farm
  • ensuring the sustainability of egg production and
  • informing the industry's many stakeholders.

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

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 AECL PRP guidelines and application 2015-16.

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.

Many R&D investments involve long lead times, only modest chances of success, slow rates of adoption, and the risk that any breakthrough may be as valuable to competitors as to the targeted industries.  All of these factors are taken into account when assessing an R&D proposal. 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 AECL FRP guidelines and application 2015-16.

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.

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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