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The Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock (MERiL) program will provide successful applicants of up to $3 million to cover up to 80% of eligible expenditure for the Round 2 of its Stage 3 Validation and Demonstration.

Deadlines and Timings

Applications are open and will close on 20 March 2024 at 5:00pm AEDT. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2027.

Overview and Grant Amount

The Stage 3 Validation and Demonstration aims to support the development and commercial readiness of solutions to deliver methane-inhibiting livestock feed-supplements to grazing animals at large-scale (beef and dairy cattle, and sheep) and other solutions to reduce methane emissions from grazing animals. The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • fast-track the development and commercial readiness to deliver methane-reducing solutions to grazing animals at large-scale
  • validate and demonstrate the impacts, effectiveness and safety of methane-reducing solutions under Australian operational environments
  • engage and collaborate with livestock producers to ensure methane-reducing solutions can be adopted in a cost-effective way within common grazing management operations
  • leverage co-investment to develop, validate and demonstrate benefits of the methane-reducing solutions

Up to $9 million is allocated for this grant opportunity, with a minimum grant of $1 million and a maximum of $3 million.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • an entity, incorporated in Australia, an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust, a co-operative, a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO), an Australian state/territory Government agency or body

Joint applications are acceptable, provided the applicant have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. Additional requirements are as follows:

  • where you declare that you have or will have relevant intellectual property arrangements in place in order to undertake your project
  • where you declare that your project is supported by your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board), and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • where you declare that you will collect and provide research data and outputs to DCCEEW, and any nominated third party for the purpose of supporting updates to the livestock emissions framework and to the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • where you declare that you will have access to appropriate volumes of the material for methane-reducing solutions to undertake the project activities
  • where you declare that your proposed solution is at TRL 4, 5, 6 or 7

Eligible Activities

The project must:

  • involve large-scale trials to deliver methane-reducing solutions to grazing animals under Australian operational environments to
    • validate and demonstrate methane emissions reduction
    • validate and demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of methane-reducing solutions
    • collect data on the methane abatement impacts and provide the data to DCCEEW for informing updates to the Livestock Emissions Framework and to the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • involve validation and demonstration activities conducted in Australia
  • publish (or have submitted for publishing) outcomes of validation and demonstration activities in a peer-reviewed publication
  • involve engagement and collaboration with livestock producers to ensure methane-reducing solutions can be implemented in a cost-effective way within common grazing management operations
  • develop a commercialisation plan for how the methane-reducing solution would be scaled up and brought to market
  • have at least $1,250,000 in eligible expenditure
  • activities may include:
    • trials to validate and demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of the methane-reducing solution under relevant environments and abatement impacts
    • working with livestock producers to plan, design, construct and conduct trials in an Australian operational environment
    • preparing, publishing, presenting or otherwise disseminating project data and outcomes to inform stakeholders of the outcomes of project trials

Eligible Expenditure

Incurred expenses must be a direct cost of the project and must be incurred by the applicant for required project audit activities. Eligible expenditure items are:

  • labour for personnel directly employed for the project activities
  • labour on-costs up to 30% of the total eligible labour costs
  • staff training that directly supports the achievement of project outcomes
  • contract expenditure, i.e., the cost of any agreed project activities that you contract to others. All contractors must have a written contract in place covering the work to be undertaken, prior to starting the relevant project activity
  • purchase or hire of equipment directly related to delivering your project, including enteric emissions measurement equipment, computing equipment and software relating to field trials
  • project input expenses, such as animals, feed and feed supplements
  • construction costs for creating trial sites, including purchasing materials, fencing, planning, construction and maintenance for the duration of the project
  • domestic travel (limited to economy fares only) limited to 10% of the total eligible project expenditure, for the cost of accommodation and transportation required to conduct agreed project and collaboration activities in Australia
  • the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure up to a maximum of 1% of total eligible project expenditure

Examples of ineligible activities for funding

  • solutions designed to improve internal business processes
  • general business costs including sales, marketing, rent and travel
  • project costs that are already the subject of another government grant, subsidy or financial assistance
  • project costs incurred prior to an application being submitted (no retrospective funding will be awarded)

For more information, interested parties are encouraged to thoroughly read the program guidelines set by the funding grant. Submissions must be lodged through the program online portal.

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