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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    $1 million on offer for researchers boosting Queensland’s biofutures

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    $1 million on offer for researchers boosting Queensland’s biofutures

    The Palaszczuk Government is calling on the world’s best and brightest bio scientists to apply for a share of $1 million in funding to support research that develops bioindustrial technology and the manufacturing of bioproducts.

    Speaking at the Bio World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said funding research had the potential to improve the technology and manufacturing of biofuels, biochemicals and bioplastics from sustainable feedstocks or waste resources.

    “Our state is in the midst of a biofutures revolution creating multi-million-dollar high-tech biorefineries and generating high-skilled jobs,” Mr Dick said.

    “A vital part of our government’s biofutures action plan is investing in science and innovation to build Queensland’s capacity to conduct innovative research and development.

    “The Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships program supports researchers undertaking original work that will have a positive impact on Queensland, with potential global reach.

    “Partner organisations from anywhere in the world can join with our talented Queensland researchers to develop innovative technologies and bioproducts.

    “Our vision is for a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector attracting significant international investment, and creating regional, high-value and knowledge-intensive jobs.”

    Dr Kameron Dunn from the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) encouraged fellow researchers to embrace the opportunity.

    “I encourage my fellow researchers to take up this fantastic opportunity. The funding supported our work to explore the ability to transform Queensland Sugarcane Industry and Queensland Petroleum Industry waste products into usable products,” Dr Dunn said.

    The fellowship project must involve at least one Queensland-based industry organisation, that is, a private, public or not-for-profit organisation that will progress the translation and practical application of the research.

    The Research Fellowships program offers early-career fellowships of $180,000 over three years and mid-career fellowships of $300,000 over three years. Applications are currently open and close on 31 July 2018.

    Minister Dick said the Palaszczuk Government is leading Australia's bio-economic revolution through the Advance Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.

    “The Biofutures Roadmap provides the leadership required to help Queensland leverage its strategic advantages and secure its share of the global bioproducts and services market – a market expected to be worth US$1.1 trillion by 2022,” he said.

    More information on the Advance Queensland Research Fellowship: https://advance.qld.gov.au/universities-and-researchers/industry-research-fellowships

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