20 May 2019

The CRCNA has today opened its latest competitive funding round, seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for industry-led research collaborations which address issues specifically related to northern Australia.

EOIs can be submitted by industry, researchers, SMEs and/or community sectors and must address key research questions in the areas of agriculture and food ( including aquaculture), northern Australia health service delivery and Traditional Owner-led business development (in agriculture, food or health service delivery).

Those interested in applying can do so via the online EOI form, which must be submitted by 5pm AEST Friday 28 June 2019.

CRCNA Chair Sheriden Morris said the organisation will be looking for projects which deliver innovative solutions and challenge the status quo.

“There is a real need across northern Australia to enhance agricultural supply chains, improve the way people access health services and better capture existing and new export opportunities.

“We’re looking for research collaborations which deliver real impact for northern communities and businesses and look to resolve some of these well-known issues.”

To date, the CRCNA has committed more than $14.5 million in funding towards 41 projects with a total value exceeding $39 million.  

Some of the successful projects funded by the CRCNA’s previous competitive funding rounds include:

  • A biosecurity audit to boost protection for Queensland prawn farms.
  • A plan to capture higher returns for horticultural produce grown in northern Australia.
  • A project to improve the Kakadu Plum / Gubinge supply chains in the NT and northern WA.
  • Work to boost by 200 per cent the export of Calypso mangoes from QLD and NT into China.
  • A project supporting the development of an Indigenous freshwater prawn breeding business in northern Western Australia.  

 Ms Morris said to be successful, EOIs had to clearly identify the industry problem and explain how the proposed research was going to fix it.

“Importantly, the EOI must set out what the broader impact will be for the wider north Australian community by showing how the research will lead to increased investment, more jobs and wealth, improve the wellbeing of the community or improve supply chain efficiencies.”

The CRCNA has three dedicated Project Managers based in Townsville, Broome and Darwin available to assist with enquiries about the latest funding call.

Download the 2019/20 EOI Guidelines PDF 940kb

View the EOI form

Media enquiries 

Carla Keith, CRCNA Communications Manager

0499 330 051