Expressions of interest for the first round of funding from the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), which open next month, have been welcomed by Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald.
“The EOI process is an important milestone in identifying opportunities where collaborative research can deliver real outcomes to benefit industries and development across the North,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The Coalition Government has a very clear agenda and budgeted funding for the development of the North, and it is reassuring to see the next stage of the investment phase move forward.”
The three areas of focus are:
- Agriculture and food – removing barriers and improving supply and value chains for new and existing Northern agricultural industries
- Tropical health service delivery – identifying new models and approaches, early detection, health seeking behaviour and mental health
- Traditional Owner led business development – identifying new models and approaches and building an industry ready skilled workforce in the fields of agriculture, food and/or health industries. Senator Macdonald said the CRCNA has the capacity to invest up to $8million in the first funding call, with funding to be committed for three years. Project participants must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions are non-cash resources provided by a participant to conduct the activities of the project. They may be staff or non-staff resources. Expressions of interest should demonstrate collaboration between at least two partners within industry, communities, research organisations, all northern jurisdictions and international partners in a collaborative industry-led RD&E venture. “Similar to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, any investment made by the CRCNA is using tax payers funds, so it’s integral that the processes behind any allocation of funding is open and transparent, with clearly defined outcomes for the North.”The EOI form will be available on the CRCNA website (https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/cooperative-research-centres-programme/crc-for-developing-northern-australia) from 2 October and must be submitted by 5.00pm, 31 October, 2017. The CRCNA Board will consider each application on its merit and applications with potential will continue through to the next stage of the process.