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Strategic Research & Development Plan 2012-17


One of the world’s leading investors in grains research, development and extension (RD&E), the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing RD&E to deliver improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.


The GRDC was founded in 1990, under the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989, to assist the Australian grains industry to:

  • increase economic, environmental and social benefits to members of primary industries and to the community in general by improving the production, processing, storage, transport or marketing of grain
  • achieve sustainable use and management of natural resources
  • make more effective use of the resources and skills of the community in general and the scientific community in particular
  • improve accountability for expenditure on R&D activities.

The functions of the GRDC under the Act include coordinating or funding R&D activities; monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the impact of R&D activities on the grains industry and the wider community; and facilitating the dissemination, adoption and commercialisation of the results of R&D.

The GRDC does not undertake R&D itself. Rather, it relies on other organisations that have the necessary R&D capabilities to undertake the work. As an investor in RD&E, the GRDC often partners with co-funding organisations, many of which also provide RD&E services.

The GRDC’s primary objective is to drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australian grain growers and benefit the industry and the wider community.

While its focus is on delivering benefits to its primary stakeholders, Australian grain growers, the GRDC also generates outcomes from investing in RD&E that benefit other participants in the Australian grains industry value chain, the wider Australian community, and the research community in Australia and overseas.


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