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National annual investment area forums for collaboration and technical review

Stephanie Meikle

P: +61 8 9230 4600


Document(s) Contact Name:
Stephanie Meikle

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+61 8 9230 4600

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Grains Research and Development Corporation
70140000 - Crop production and management and protection
Close Date & Time:
20-Jun-2017 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Request for Tender

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By 2020, improved collaboration and mentoring between research agencies and leaders in each investment area across the three regions.

The forums will ensure more robust projects through a process of:

  • peer-review

  • knowledge sharing

  • mentoring

  • developing collaborations between agencies, reducing duplication

This GRDC investment is to:

Output 1. One annual research forum held for each of the four investment areas – agronomy, farming systems, nutrition and soils.


  • Each project leader will be required to present their current findings, plans for the next year and progress against outputs. Time will be set aside for peer review of the project method and results.

  • Forums will be conducted as individual meetings and shared between the three regions.

  • Locations of each forum will revolve on an annual basis to facilitate the attendance of local junior staff with reduced costs.

  • Attendee numbers will be managed to encourage greater interaction with sufficient time for detailed presentation and discussion

    • if needed forums may be broken into smaller sub-groups

Output 2. A project summary book (in E-book format).


The E-books will contain:

  • for each project a 1 to 2 page summary/abstract of the work to date (similar to the ‘Plain English Summary’)

  • a list of attendees and their contact details to facilitate future communication. This list should contain:

    • name and research organisation

    • complete contact details

    • current GRDC funded project(s)

The e-book will be available to all attendees, GRDC staff and GRDC science writers.

Output 3. Written report summarising the forum, including:

  • new research gaps/ideas identified during the forum (classified against the GRDC investment hierarchy)

  • contact details of all attendees as per Output 2


The report to be submitted by the event manager to the GRDC within six weeks of the forum.


Other Instructions:

Tenderers must familiarise themselves with further information found at including terms and conditions of participation, required form of response and draft contract (Services Agreement).

Conditions for Participation:

1. The Applicant must be a single legal entity or recognised firm of partners.

2. The Applicant must be financially viable. For the purposes of this condition, “financially viable” means that the Tenderer has not had any of the following events occur in respect of it:

a. a meeting of creditors being called or held within the past five years;

b. the appointment of a liquidator, provisional liquidator or administrator within the past five years;

c. the appointment of a controller (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act (2001)), or analogous person appointed, including in respect of any of its property within the past five years;

d. a failure to comply with a statutory demand in respect of the payment of any debt;

e. an inability to pay debts as they fall due or otherwise becoming insolvent;

f. becoming incapable of managing its own affairs for any reason;

g. taking any step resulting in insolvency under administration (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001);

h. entering into a compromise or arrangement with, or assignment for the benefit of, any of its creditors, or any analogous event.

3. The Applicant and any proposed subcontractor must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

4. The Applicant must include in its application details of any known circumstances that may give rise to an actual or potential Conflict of Interest with GRDC in responding to this procurement. The Applicant's response will be taken into account in the evaluation.

Timeframe for Delivery:

July 2017 to June 2020

Address for Lodgement:

By portal submission only at

Stephanie Meikle

P: +61 8 9230 4600


Document(s) Contact Name:
Stephanie Meikle

Document(s) Contact Phone:
+61 8 9230 4600

Document(s) Contact Email: