The R&D Adoption Award was developed by the National Vegetable Extension Network (VegNET) in Victoria as part of the 2019 AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence. The award recognises the R&D adoption achievements of growers as a result of the extension activities undertaken by the projects to promote cross-regional collaboration and learning. The National Vegetable Extension Network (VegNET) projects are delivered locally in the Northern, Western and South-Eastern regions of Victoria by RMCG through VG15048 and in Gippsland by Food & Fibre Gippsland through VG15047, funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.