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Research programs

The Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity has five research programs that focus on innovative research and development across the full biosecurity continuum; pre-border, border and post-border.Our research addresses the Australian Government's national research priority of 'safeguarding Australia' by protecting Australia from:

  • invasive diseases and pests, and
  • terrorism and crime.

Project selection process

The Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity's project selection process is divided into five main stages. In the initial stages the preliminary project proposal is reviewed to ensure it aligns with the CRCNPB's objectives. The proposal is evaluated by the CRCNPB's Science Committee before recommendation to the Board for approval. Once the Board has granted its approval, the contract between the CRC and relevant participant organisations is executed.

Any general queries regarding the project selection process should be emailed to

Project proposal templates can be found in the members' area.

Preparedness and Prevention Research

Preventing biosecurity problems before they start.

Diagnostic Research

Diagnosing emergency plant pests and diseases.

Surveillance Research

Detecting emergency plant pests.

Impact Management Research

Managing and minimising the impact of incursions.

Post-Harvest Integrity Research

Maximising Australia's post-harvest supply chain.