Australian Forest and Wood Innovation

In partnership with the University of Tasmania, the Australian Government has established an Australia-wide National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, under the operational name of Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI).

The institute will provide the knowledge to support a national sector that is a critical contributor to meeting the challenges of climate change, protecting biodiversity and multiple forest values, and growing a large and vital value-adding industry for Australia.

AFWI will be based at the University’s Newnham campus in Launceston, and will be supported by three research centres, one in Launceston and the other two locations to be determined by an expression of interest process that will be run shortly.

AFWI will also undertake an annual call for research projects which will be open to researchers from across the country.

Expressions of interest (EOI) are being sought for research centres as part of Australian Forest and Wood Innovations.

The EOI process closes on Wednesday 6 December 2023 at 6pm (Canberra Time).

The Australian Government has committed $100 million over five years to establish and fund AFWI.

AFWI is creating opportunities for innovation and the commercialisation of new knowledge, while supporting the development of forest and wood products industries’ researchers.

It will have three research centres, which will undertake forestry research. The first research centre is based at the University of Tasmania, Launceston campus.

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Contact us

Professor Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra

Interim Director, Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI),
Director, ARC Training Centre for Forest Value,
Director, Regional Research Collaboration Program
+61 3 6226 6656

Dr Dean Williams

Strategic Implementation Manager,
Australian Forest and Wood Innovations
+61 3 6226 6606