Centre Deputy Director Professor Frank Caruso is a Chief Investigator on the new Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Innovative Nitrogen Fertilisers and Inhibitors.
The ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH) scheme engages Australia’s best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce. The scheme supports collaborative research activity, between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently reliable.
Strong collaboration and commitment of resources from innovative national and international industries is required. Proposals for funding under the ITRH scheme must include at least one Australian Partner Organisation.
The objectives of the scheme are to:
The Grant outcomes for ARC ITRHs 2020 round 1 have been announced and The University of Melbourne partnering with Incitec Pivot Limited and Elders Rural Services Australia Limited have joined forces to create the ARC Research Hub for Innovative Nitrogen Fertilisers and Inhibitors.
This Hub aims to transform agriculture by delivering a new class of nitrogen (N) fertilisers and inhibitors designed to stem the 50-80% losses to the environment in current products. It is intended to generate new knowledge and valuable intellectual property in controlled released and coated N fertiliser products using a novel co-design process involving representatives of the whole value chain from product design through to validation and adoption. The project estimates possible 20% gains in efficiency of N use, delivering large costs savings, improved productivity, increased profitability and decreased environmental impacts, helping the Australian food and agribusiness sector to reach its 2030 target of $100B value added. The hub is funded for $4,950,000.00.