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Defence Innovation Hub - Call for Submissions

Department of Defence - DSRG | Published July 1, 2018  -  Deadline December 31, 2018
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92111700

Defence Innovation Hub (Hub), an initiative of the Australian Government’s Department of Defence (Defence) has been established to support Australian companies, businesses, and academic and research organisations in the collaborative development of innovative solutions with the potential to enhance Australian Defence Force capability. Defence is inviting companies, businesses and organisations to respond to a Call for Submissions detailing their innovation proposal. Where an innovation proposal is assessed as suitable for investment and satisfies the requirements and assessment criteria set out in the Terms for Call for Submissions, Defence will invite the respondent to participate in a Request for Proposal process. Defence intends to enter into contracts with respondents under a contractual framework, to mature their innovations to meet Defence's capability needs. The Hub facilitates innovation activities from initial concept, through to prototyping and integrated testing. These activities will be procured through the Hub across four distinct contract phases depending upon the current maturity level of the innovation proposal. Respondents will be able to submit an innovation proposal through Defence’s online Innovation portal. The portal, and further information about the Hub's procurement processes, can be accessed at: www.business.gov.au/cdic Please note that no procurement documentation is available on AusTender and you cannot submit a proposal using AusTender. You must use the address for lodgement identified below to view all documentation and submit a proposal.

Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP) PNG

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program | Published July 9, 2018  -  Deadline August 22, 2018
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93140000

The ESIP is a 15-20 year commitment by the Government of Australia (GoA) to support the Government of PNG (GoPNG) to improve its approach to infrastructure planning, procurement, financing and delivery. It will focus on a range of sectors including energy, telecommunications, water, health and education. The objective of the program is to improve the prioritisation, quality, and sustainability of infrastructure investment in PNG. In the initial phase of assistance, the key program outcomes include: * an increased number of capital projects are being effectively planned, managed and implemented by the relevant GoPNG agencies. * focal sectors have evidence based prioritised infrastructure plans and processes for their implementation and review. * a legislative and administrative reform agenda exists to improve policies, regulatory structures and planning for infrastructure investment.

For the Provision of Digital Technology Services

Tourism Australia | Published July 23, 2018  -  Deadline August 17, 2018
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80140000

Tourism Australia is looking to partner with a Digital Agency that will assist it to maintain and enhance its global digital platforms amidst constantly evolving consumer behavior and technology trends. Significant time and effort is spent creating inspirational and motivating content and campaigns for consumers across the world. The key objectives of the partnership would be to ensure Tourism Australia’s digital platforms seamlessly connect and engage consumers with this content as well as drive an increase of qualified traffic to our industry and distribution partners. Given the complexities of Tourism Australia's global footprint, one of its objectives will be to partner with a Digital Agency that can consistently deliver well informed, market-based solutions and user experiences. Specifically, Tourism Australia will be seeking expertise in design, build and maintenance of websites, mobile apps and multichannel marketing programs globally and for our digital programs in China. Tourism Australia has undergone a Digital Transformation program since 2014, a key part of the program was the roll out of the Adobe Marketing Cloud. This was a significant move to ensure Tourism Australia’s future digital marketing needs would be fully supported and adaptable to changing consumer behaviour. Tourism Australia uses pre-established marketing technology tools within the Adobe Marketing Cloud. The successful Digital Agency will understand the complexities of the connections between these tools and how Tourism Australia can innovate and enhance our existing investments.

Public Financial Management Program for Institutions and Infrastructure (PFMP-II)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program | Published June 22, 2018  -  Deadline August 6, 2018
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80161500

The Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (‘Department’), invites Tenders for the provision of Public Financial Management Program for Institutions and Infrastructure (PFMP-II), in accordance with this Request for Tender (RFT). The Australian Government aims to help build the foundations for economic growth and build stronger institutions for transparent and accountable governance in the Philippines. To support these objectives, the Australian Government will invest $36.0 million over six years for the Public Financial Management Program for Institutions and Infrastructure (PFMP-II or ‘the Program’) which seeks to contribute to the delivery of safe and accessible infrastructure for inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the Philippines. Approximately $34.2 million will be managed by the Managing Contractor while the remaining $1.8 million will be managed by DFAT. PFMP-II will work with the Government of the Philippines oversight agencies and infrastructure spending agencies to trial and/or demonstrate new practices and ideas that contribute to a strengthened environment for government expenditure and investment in public infrastructure. The intermediate outcomes for the Program are: Targeted national (and provincial if included) government agencies commit to using strengthened budget, procurement, organisational, and safeguard systems for public infrastructure delivery; and Selected private sector partners adopt innovative approaches to public infrastructure delivery. A more detailed description of the Services required by the Department can be found in the Statement of Requirements in Part 3: Draft Contract.

The provision of NVT Sorghum field trials

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published July 4, 2018  -  Deadline July 30, 2018
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70140000

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue The National Variety Trial (NVT) program combines Australia’s largest standardised variety trial network with world leading statistical technique to provide the Australian grains industry with accurate predictions of variety performance. In 2017-18, the sorghum NVT program evaluated 24 sorghum entries (from 7 companies) across 21 sites. It is proposed that this program be extended for a further three years. The opportunity now lies in driving greater returns from the GRDC sorghum NVT results through addressing key program challenges whilst delivering against the broader GRDC organisational objectives. Project description As part of the evolution of NVT, a pilot set of NVT trials in 2017-18 to inform the structure and protocols of any ongoing investment in sorghum NVT was carried out. Contracting of stage two is from 2018-19 to 2020-21. In the stage two phase of the investment, there will be trials in each of the 7 major productions areas. Trial numbers, locations and protocols have been provided. There will be 1 time of sowing (TOS) in each of the production areas. The GRDC seeks third party providers to contract up to 25 and a minimum of 21 sorghum evaluation trials for three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21. These trials will be undertaken according to specific protocols (attached). In preparing your application for this tender please carefully read and fill-in all documentation provided. There are three documents (provided on the GRDC website under the RFT): NVT Protocols - Sorghum GRDC Base NVT Protocols NVT Sorghum pricing template Note: the NVT Sorghum Pricing template has been categorised into four price groupings or ‘contract zones’. Applicants should submit their pricing for all trials within the contract zones they wish to apply for. GRDC may at some point wish to engage third party providers to access sorghum NVT trials to take additional non-destructive samples/measurements. It will be expected that the successful sorghum NVT trial providers will facilitate/support trial site access where necessary. Selection Criteria Implementation plan: a clear and thorough plan to deliver against the NVT protocols. Independence from Breeders (i.e. your organisation is not breeding and/or does not have a financial stake in commercial grain sorghum breeding/seed marketing activities); Capability; Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality trial outputs relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area Capacity; including personnel, machinery and business systems Price (as per costing sheet provided) demonstrating value for money; Ability to meet sowing time obligations for the 2018-19 season and beyond Demonstrated track-record of collaborating and/or working with third-parties in the delivery of aligned R&D outcomes

Maintenance, Monitoring and Support Activities for Existing Telephone and WiFi Services in Remote Indigenous Communities

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet | Published July 3, 2018  -  Deadline July 30, 2018
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43200000

The Australian Government is continuing the significant investment in telecommunications infrastructure in remote Indigenous communities. The Government requires the successful tenderer to support phone and WiFi services and monitor their operation. The successful tenderer will be required to maintain, monitor and support: · up to 301 free standing and wall mounted satellite community WiFi enabled telephones (WiFi Telephones); and · up to 245 freestanding and wall mounted ordinary telephones (Community Payphones); · and store and ship equipment (and service, upon request) as needed for up to twenty four (24) additional remote communities. Some communities have more than one type of telecommunications infrastructure. A listing of the infrastructure to be serviced under the contract

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Liverpool Plains

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
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70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Liverpool Plains The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in North East NSW

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
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70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in North East NSW The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Central QLD.

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
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70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Central QLD. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in South West NSW

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
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70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in South West NSW The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Central West NSW

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
cpvs
70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Central West NSW The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in North West NSW.

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
cpvs
70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in North West NSW. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Western Downs QLD.

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
cpvs
70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Western Downs QLD. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Eastern Downs QLD.

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
cpvs
70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Eastern Downs QLD. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Central East NSW

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
cpvs
70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Central East NSW The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Coast & Tablelands.

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
cpvs
70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in Coast & Tablelands. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in South East NSW

Grains Research and Development Corporation | Published June 8, 2018  -  Deadline July 6, 2018
cpvs
70140000

Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in South East NSW The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry. Issue Grower interest in pulse production has increased in line with improved prices (especially for lentil, chickpea and mungbean) and increased knowledge of the benefits to farming systems. To ensure growers have the confidence to establish or expand pulse production there are constraints and opportunities that must be understood and managed. Project description The GRDC seeks to invest in local extension and communication activities to support the development and continued growth of the Australian pulse industry. The GRDC wishes to establish local groups, to be known as Pulse Check groups, to deliver bespoke development and extension activity within specified sub regions* of the GRDC northern region. Groups should have a mixed membership of growers, advisers and agribusiness. The GRDC acknowledge that the 2018-19 season is particularly dry in a number of the GRDC’s northern sub regions limiting pulse production opportunities. In these regions project milestones will be developed to reflect the current dry season. Once established it is envisaged that the Pulse Check groups will meet regularly to: • discuss district relevant information pertaining to pulse crop production; and • take part in local activities to address identified district-specific issues. Tenderers should detail in their proposal: • how many groups they plan to establish per sub-region • the geographic footprint of each group • how they plan to engage with key stakeholders to establish the initial membership base • how the group will engage with existing GRDC pulse investments The project must be completed by 30 June 2020. The project will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and the need for further work. *See map of the GRDC northern region. Outcome By 2020, growers and advisors across the GRDC northern region have the tools, knowledge and confidence to optimise pulse crop yields through targeted extension and communication activities. Output 1 By 15 September 2018, Pulse Check group(s) established with a membership of local growers, advisers, researchers and agribusiness. Details The group should have a minimum of 15 members. The groups should meet regularly to discuss pulse production topics and participate in group learning activities. Output 2 By 15 August 2018, a communication and extension activities plan identifying a range of innovative activities, each with an evaluation and feedback component, to assist growers optimise pulse production in their sub-region. Details The plan should be developed initially for the 2018 cropping season and updated in 2019 to include findings from the situation analysis (Output 3). The plan could include activities such as: • group learning activities such as field walks, bus tours, workshops or similar; • expert lectures on key management topics such as disease, weed, insects, nutrition, plant physiology, inoculant management, breeding and marketing; • demonstration and field trials where a need is identified; • pulse agronomy training workshops; • grower information and benchmarking evenings using case studies or focus paddocks; or • grower and adviser mentoring programs. The plan should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC Grower Relations Manager. Project communication materials should be developed in conjunction with the GRDC. The material will be made available to all growers and advisers through GRDC communication platforms. Output 3 By 15 February 2019, a situation analysis identifying specific sub-region benefits, constraints and risks to pulse production. The document should include: • which pulses are or could be grown in the sub-region; • current grower and adviser knowledge, skills and ability to grow pulses; and • grower motivation for including pulses in their farming system • agronomic drivers of pulse production (weeds, insects, disease, soils, nutrition, climatic, harvest); and • economic drivers of pulse production (price, transport and market) Details The situation analysis should be developed following extensive consultation with local pulse industry stakeholders. The situation analysis should be used to develop and refine the communication, demonstration and extension plan (Output 2). It should also, be used as a benchmark to monitor and evaluate the performance of the project. The report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Output 4 By 15 March 2020, a monitoring and evaluation report documenting the effectiveness of the Pulse Check group(s) and the degree to which it has addressed the needs identified in the situation analysis (Output 3). Details Report to be submitted to the GRDC for approval. Proposed investment No budget range will be provided for this project. The GRDC is focussed on delivering value to Australian grain grower, therefore, your application must demonstrate fair market value. Contracting This investment will be contracted on a GRDC Services Agreement. Each Agreement will cover a GRDC single sub-region. For a copy of the Agreement see https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/research-agreements. This project will run from 15 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Application Period The closing date is 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 6 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the Grains Investment Portal – https://access.grdc.com.au. All requests for further information or clarification in relation to these investments should be made in writing to northern@grdc.com.au prior to 5 pm ACT local time on Friday 29 June 2018. All requests and responses will be published on the GRDC website. https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders. Selection Criteria Criteria No. Description Weighting against selection criteria (%) 1 A clear and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: • method to be used (including anticipated statistical analysis capacity) • proposed SMART milestones • proposed locations of field experiments (if required to deliver project outputs) • staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) • budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the project and the potential investment from all parties) • project structure and management arrangements 20% 2 A clear and thorough plan to deliver the project outcome, specifying: • expected steps to deliver the outcome (pathway to market) • identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver toe.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, pathologist, the GRDC) • specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users 20% 3 Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: • relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high quality outputs • relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in the research area • relevant achievements in the delivery of commercial IP (if relevant) • ability of the project team to collaborate with the relevant research organisations and industry personnel to build on the research (national and international) already undertaken in this area 20% 4 Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC or a third party if required. • detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. • detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. 10% In addition, the following are assessed by the Tender Evaluation Team – but it is not expected that the applicant will include specific reference to these criteria. 5 The cost effectiveness and value for money of the tender response. 15% 6 Compliance with the tender requirements and draft Contract 5% 7 Quality and effectiveness of risk controls 10%

Pacific Horticulture and Agriculture Market Access (PHAMA) Plus

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program | Published May 18, 2018  -  Deadline July 3, 2018
cpvs
80100000

The Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (‘Department’), invites Tenders for managing the implementation of Pacific Horticulture and Agriculture Market Access (PHAMA) Plus program, in accordance with this Request for Tender (RFT). PHAMA Plus aims to contribute to improved economic growth and improved rural livelihoods in 200,000 Pacific households of the six PHAMA economies (PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu) as well as small island state signatories of PACER Plus. PHAMA currently supports short-term activities relating to 12 export pathways. PHAMA Plus will build on the successes of PHAMA to support selected Pacific island countries to increase the quantity and quality of their agricultural, horticultural and cultural exports in ways that benefit producers, exporters and importers. PHAMA Plus will be commercially focused, export oriented and inclusive. It will have three end-of-program outcomes: Producers and exporters use maintained and new export market access for Pacific export products; Women and men exporters, processors and producers adopt quality and productivity enhancing innovations for their export products; and Women and men staff of Pacific biosecurity authorities perform their market access facilitation functions better. PHAMA Plus will facilitate changes on the supply side, demand side and business-enabling environment through: Export market interventions; Enabling the export business environment; Supply-side partner co-investments; Supply-side intermediate service provider business changes; Demand-side changes in producer and processor practices; and Changes to the broader business-enabling environment.

Defence Innovation Hub - Call for Submissions

Department of Defence - DSRG | Published January 1, 2018  -  Deadline June 30, 2018
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92111700

Defence Innovation Hub - Procurement of Military Science and Research Services. Defence Innovation Hub (Hub), an initiative of the Australian Government’s Department of Defence (Defence) has been established to support Australian companies, businesses, and academic and research organisations in the collaborative development of innovative solutions with the potential to enhance Australian Defence Force capability. Defence is inviting companies, businesses and organisations to respond to a Call for Submissions detailing their innovation proposal. Where an innovation proposal is assessed as suitable for investment and satisfies the requirements and assessment criteria set out in the Terms for Call for Submissions, Defence will invite the respondent to participate in a Request for Proposal process. Defence intends to enter into contracts with respondents under a contractual framework, to mature their innovations to meet Defence's capability needs. The Hub facilitates innovation activities from initial concept, through to prototyping and integrated testing. These activities will be procured through the Hub across four distinct contract phases depending upon the current maturity level of the innovation proposal. Respondents will be able to submit an innovation proposal through Defence’s online Innovation portal. The portal, and further information about the Hub's procurement processes, can be accessed at: www.business.gov.au/cdic Please note that no procurement documentation is available on AusTender and you cannot submit a proposal using AusTender. You must use the www.business.gov.au/cdic site to view all documentation and submit a proposal.

Expression of Interest – Provision of Brand Development and Creative Services, Australia's Nation Brand

Austrade | Published May 31, 2018  -  Deadline June 26, 2018
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80100000

Austrade is looking for the best creative minds to develop a unifying, authentic, and compelling nation brand that will differentiate Australia’s competitive position in the global marketplace, now and in the future. We're looking for an agency that understands the depth and breadth of Australia’s capabilities and most importantly, knows how to articulate Australia’s competitive edge and how to present it to the world. Australia’s Nation Brand is a whole-of-government initiative to create a stronger nation brand that reinforces our global reputation as: - a trusted exporter of premium quality goods and services - an internationally competitive investment destination - a quality provider of education - a great place to visit. Quite simply, the stronger Australia’s global image, the easier it is for Australia and Australians to attract attention, make a difference and succeed on the world stage. This is a transformational project for Australia and we're looking for the right agency partner to join us for the ride. The successful agency will be responsible for developing: (a) a contemporary nation brand platform including (but not limited to) a brand strategy, brand narrative, visual identity, brand architecture, associated brand assets and creative material; (b) implementing innovative and cost effective ways to activate the brand in key international markets; and (c) brand activations that encourage partner participation from the private and public sector via cash and in-kind contributions to extend the reach and impact of the brand in key international markets. The successful agency will be selected via a two-stage process – this Expression of Interest (EOI) followed by a Request for Tender (RFT). Only Tenderers shortlisted following the EOI stage will be asked to respond to an RFT.