Understanding opportunities with ACIAR

A scientist in Kenya works in a laboratory at the International Livestock Research Institute, which is supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, to help improve African food security. Photo by: Kate Holt / DFAT / CC BY

CANBERRA — The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research has spent 36 years funding organizations and individuals to support the scientific and research objectives of the Australian aid program. With the recent release of its 10-year strategy, ACIAR has signaled its intention to expand its network of partners to seek new ideas and opportunities to scale impact.

“In the Australian innovation system, we are not a huge funder but a very distinctive funder,” said ACIAR’s Chief Scientist Daniel Walker. “We provide research organizations with an opportunity to work in the context of Australia’s development assistance program across the regions we serve.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.