Funding opportunities

MLA strives to help develop an efficient, sustainable and competitive red meat industry by fostering and building innovation across the entire red meat supply chain.

MLA supports industry by providing funding opportunities for red meat producers, processors and other key stakeholders to encourage skill-building capabilities that accelerate the adoption of R&D outputs and promotes sustainability and competitiveness in the red meat sector.

Specifically these funding opportunities aim to increase:

  • On-farm and local industry sustainability and profitability.
  • Adoption and adaption of key research findings to commercial implementation.
  • Collaboration and coordination between producers and support agencies through shared goals.
  • Knowledge and best practice.

Funding opportunities are available for:

MLA acknowledges the matching funds provided by the Australian Government to support its research and development portfolio.

2016/17 MLA annual project call

Stage 1 of Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) annual call project call closed Sunday 14 February 2016. 

The 2016/17 MLA annual project call for sheepmeat and grassfed beef RD&A has two stages.

Stage 1 – Preliminary proposals (CLOSED)

MLA's call for preliminary proposals closed Sunday 14 February 2016.

Stage 2 - Full proposals (CLOSED)

Stage 2 of MLA’s annual call for projects that address 2016/17 research, development and adoption (RD&A) priorities for sheepmeat and grassfed beef is now complete and all organisations, groups or individuals invited to submit a full project proposal to MLA have been advised of the outcome.


Opening date

Closing date

National priorities sheepmeat and grassfed beef published on the MLA website

21 December 2015


Annual call for projects in response to terms of reference for priority sheepmeat and grassfed beef RD&A published on the MLA website and advertised nationally

18 January 2016

14 February 2016

COMPLETE: Unsuccessful preliminary proposals notified

29 March 2016

11 April 2016

COMPLETE: MLA invites full proposals for RD&A projects that address national RD&A priorities for sheepmeat and grassfed beef

29 March 2016

5 May 2016

COMPLETE: Unsuccessful full proposals notified

1 August 2016


IN PROGRESS: New sheepmeat and grassfed beef RD&A projects commence subject to MLA approval processes and research providers’ acceptance of standard MLA terms and conditions

From August 2016


Please continue to check this webpage regularly for new information on the 2017/18 sheepmeat and grassfed beef RD&A priorities and the 2017/18 MLA annual call for RD&A to address these priorities.

For more information regarding the R&D Consultation process please contact Mary Goodacre or 02 9463 9225