Available PhD Research Projects

At least 20 PhD projects are available for commencement in 2022 and 2023. 
There are additional opportunities for students with their own scholarship working with one of our team on an aligned program of study.

There are 4 major research themes aligned to our vision of building a future R&D capability to drive growth, productivity and competitiveness for the benefit of Australian agriculture and global food security.

This will be achieved by the implementation of advanced gene technologies and the integration of socio-economic issues concerning these technologies. Underpinning our four research themes in social science, technology, crop improvement and field evaluation will be our training program.

The Research Programs

Program 1 is our training program. Programs 2 – 4 are our research programs.

Program 2
Benchmark technologies against responsible innovation, consumer perceptions and market accessibility

Program 3A
Technological innovations in plant genomic engineering 

Program 3B
SynBio applications to improve quality traits, yield and productivity of major Australian crop species

Program 4
Innovate in trait and field evaluation technologies to fast-track crop development pipelines


The PhD Research Projects

At least 20 PhD projects are available for commencement in 2022 and 2023.  There are additional opportunities for students with their own scholarship working with one of our team on an aligned program of study.

Please contact office@futurecropscentre.edu.au and/or any of the Chief Investigators if you are interested in exploring potential PhD projects and Supervisors.

ProjectProgramTopicCrop
12Responsible innovationAll
22Market shapingAll
32, 4GMO field evaluation technologyAll
42, 3aGMO detection technologyAll
53aCRISPR/SynBio technologyCanola
63aCereal transgenesis technologyAll / Canola
72, 3aNovel traits – SynBioWheat
83b, 4Improved yield – biomassWheat / Barley
93b, 4Improved yield – biomassWheat
104Improved yield – grainsCanola
113aImproved yield – SynBioCanola
123b, 4Improved yieldChickpea
133b, 4Yield resilienceWheat
143bDisease resilienceChickpea
153b, 4Shoot architectureBarley
163b, 4Salt resilienceWheat
173b, 4Grain qualityWheat
183b, 4Grain qualityBarley
193b, 4Grain qualityAll
203a, 4Canola innovationCanola
213a, 4Canola innovationCanola
All New projects will be developed during the life of the Centre 

Industry organisations are welcome to get in touch with proposals for additional projects.

Questions? Simply email us and we’ll get back to you.

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE GENETIC & FIELD TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUTURE CROPS

The ARC Training Centre for Accelerated Future Crops Development is funded by the Australian Research Council under its Industrial Transformation Training Hubs Program to run from 2022 to 2027.

It is a collaboration of universities, government research agencies and the Australian grains sector’s key stakeholders in training, R&D, social engagement, responsible innovation, breeding, marketing and delivery.

It also has international partners in gene-editing, SynBio, crop breeding, and, other partnerships for co-developing deep technologies to transform the agriculture industry and global food security.