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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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%