We use the CRDC Strategic RD&E Plan 2018–23 to guide our investments. Through this Strategic Plan, in 2019–20 we invested to help increase productivity and profitability on Australian cotton farms; improve cotton farming sustainability and value chain competitiveness; build the adaptive capacity of the Australian cotton industry; strengthen partnerships and adoption; and drive RD&E impact.
We achieved a balanced RD&E portfolio that considers the distribution of our investment across:
The RD&E strategies
The type of research, including innovation, knowledge creation, knowledge transfer and application, benchmarking, industry capacity, and education
Researcher experience and capacity
Timeframe to outcomes
The likely return on investment for projects and programs
Expenditure on RD&E management.
In 2019–20, we invested $16.7 million in RD&E. Of this, $7.6 million was invested in new research commencing in 2019–20.
Projects by CRDC program area
Number of projects
Program expenditure ($m)*
Program percentage (of expenditure)
* Excludes budgeted employee and supplier expenditure and corporate research activities that support R&D planning and adoption. Some percentages have been rounded up or down.