The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation’s (NIFPI) opening of the second round of project proposals Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton, said today.


“Following the recent announcement of the successful recipients in the first round which saw close to $9 million in funding for 12 projects announced, this new round will support many more research and innovation opportunities for Australia’s forest industries in order to grow our $24 billion-a-year industry,” Mr Hampton said.


The Launceston and Mount Gambier NIFPI centres are both calling for applications for round 2, which will close on the 15 February 2019. The Launceston NIFPI is seeking research and development projects in improved utilisation of the forest resource, new product development, non-timber forest products and services, improved efficiency and safety along the supply chain.


The Mount Gambier NIFPI is inviting research and development projects in new product development, tree growing, improved efficiency and safety along the supply chain, precision management, social licence and robotics, automation and Artificial Intelligence.


“It’s great to see both the Launceston and Mount Gambier NIFPI running so well and we look forward to hearing from the Federal Government on when and where the two further NIFPI centres announced in the National Forest Industries Plan will open.


“With the Federal government’s centrepiece commitment to plant one billion new production trees over the next decade, NIFPI projects have the potential to unlock knowledge to help transform how our renewable forest industries will operate in the future.”