The Queensland Government is seeking expressions of interest from research organisations to host the new Rural Economies Centre of Excellence in Queensland.
The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development Bill Byrne recently announced that, as part of the 2017/18 budget, funding of $3 million over 3 years will be provided to establish a Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE).
The objective of the RECoE is to undertake integrated applied research and provide specialised programs that will deliver sustainable growth of Queensland’s rural economies.
The RECoE’s focus is to identify polices, strategies and applied research programs that will significantly enhance the capability of public, private and community sectors to optimise economic prosperity for rural Queensland.
As the RECoE will be a joint initiative, interested partners are expected to provide financial and administrative support to ensure the centre is a long term initiative beyond the initial $3 million funding.
The expression of interest process is designed to allow interested research organisations to provide innovative and unique plans on how they would host the centre. It also gives the government the ability to provide feedback and potentially facilitate collaborative proposals before offering a contract arrangement. Collaborative proposals are encouraged