We are seeking collaborations to develop new technologies, products and services which address industry issues in northern Australia within the areas of agriculture and food, northern Australian health services delivery and Traditional Owner-led agribusiness or health business development.

Key dates 

  • Please note this Expression of Interest has closed.
  • Notification to applicants (successful and unsuccessful) – October 2019

More information

View the EOI Guidelines for more information on:

  • eligibility
  • critical research questions
  • strategic objectives
  • funding uses
  • co-contributions
  • EOI approval process
  • merit criteria
  • common terms

Information webinar 

On Monday 3 June, 2019 CRCNA staff hosted an information webinar about this EOI funding round.

Download webinar slide pack

How to apply

Please note this Expression of Interest has closed.

General enquiries

+61 7 4401 5035


Note: The period for questions has now closed.

11 June 2019

Q23. I would like to confirm that there is no minimum project value? We are considering making an application for a project with a total value of approximately 60-100K with a minimum 1:1 cash ratio. Can you please confirm that CRCNA would consider a project of this scale within the application guidelines?

A23. We absolutely do not have a minimum project value. The 1:1 co-investment can also be made up of a combination of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

6 June 2019

Q22. In the project financials, should the total FTE include CRCNA-funded positions, participant cash-funded positions and in-kind staff?

A22. Yes, please do include all funded positions included CRCNA funded, cash funded and in-kind funded please. We are looking to see the total cost for this piece of research to be completed.

Q21. Can on-costs be included in Salaries and in-kind staff contributions (eg actual salary plus 30% as for CRC-Ps)?

A21.  Yes, please incorporate your on costs as total salary figure, not separated out into an administration cost. Please calculate the actual costs as we do not set or accept a standardised percentage. We work off actuals rather than set salary amounts or multipliers as we find this does not allow for an accurate view of the cost of research and diminishes the impact of the investment.

Example:- if Dr Johnson is contributing 0.5 FTE each year and is paid $150,000 which would be inclusive of the on costs, the contribution would be $75,000 per year.

Actual Salary- includes salaries and direct salary on-costs:
• Payroll tax
• Workers’ compensation insurance
• Provisions for annual and long service leave
• Leave loadings and termination payments
• Superannuation
• Fellowships and student stipends.

Q20. You mentioned that CRCNA grants cannot be used for capital purchases.  However, could capital expenses be included in the cash/in-kind component.  Specifically I am putting forward a  research project for an Aboriginal Corp and they are proposing to include some small capital items (mainly equipment related to setting up the program) as part of their contribution. Is this possible?

A20. There area few things to consider with the approach.  Firstly, capital items need to exceed $20,000 for the CRCNA to consider it a contribution towards a project. Secondly, we can only fund this in proportion to the research being conducted and any values includes need to reportable and auditable.  You’ll also need to consider depreciation, as the CRCNA does not have a set  depreciation rate.

For example- a piece of  equipment costs a total of $300, however it is only used for 50% of the time for research the cost will be $150 for the entire life of the project (cannot keep counting it each year), OR $50 per year for a 3yr project.  Noting this example actually doesn’t account for depreciation

4 June 2019

Q19. Is this CRCNA still interested in funding a beef project, even though you’re currently undertaking a northern Australia beef industry situational analysis study?

A19: Yes. Although the CRCNA is currently undertaking situational analysis studies in beef, cropping, health, rice, forestry, Indigenous agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture, this should not preclude any EOI proposals in these areas.

Q18 : Is there a cap on funds requested in the EOI?

A18:  The CRCNA does not have a funding cap, however we have $75m to spend over 10 years and  projects can only be funded for 3 years.  Have a look at our current research projects to gauge the sorts of projects and amounts funded.  Also consider, projects need to have at least a 1:1 co-contribution and  those EOIs with higher cash co-contributions viewed more favourably.

Q17. Does your health service delivery question only relate to mental health ?

A17: No. Mental health service delivery is one facet, the CRCNA is interested in any / all health service models which deliver against the research question.

3 June 2019

Q16. Can proposals include a capacity building component ?

A16. Possibly. However, it would depend on what this looked like and how this is reflected in your EOI submission.

Q15. In the past, health service delivery was mentioned as a priority, however no projects were funded. Is health service going to be seriously considered this funding round ?

A15. Yes. The CRCNA has funded an eye-screening project with CSIRO and is currently working through contracting another large health service delivery project. We are absolutely are looking for innovative EOIs in this space this funding round. We have also partnered with the Digital Health CRC to assist us in better engaging with health-related projects.

Q14. Is your co-contribution ration made of cash 1:1 or or in-kind 1:1 ?

A14. Cash + in-kind. Projects with higher cash co-contributions are viewed more favourably.

Q13.  Can you please explain how the CRCNA calculate FTEs as actuals vs the standard FTE calculation ?

A13. We calculate FTE on an annual/ actual basis . E.g Applicant X is contributing half his full-time role annually to the research project . This is considered a 0.5 FTE.

Q12. Do you have a mechanism available to put organisations in touch with each other if they are looking at similar projects ?

A12. While we need to carefully manage any potential conflicts, we are happy to help connect and broker individuals/ organisations with similar projects ideas. We also work with a range of other CRCs and may be able to assist in connecting you with like-minded individuals or organisations.

Q11. What is the CRCNA’s criteria around how many of the Strategic Objectives an EOI proposal must meet to be considered?

A11. At least one of our Strategic Objective must be met. More importantly, Applicants must demonstrate how they will meet this objective. Give us realistic numbers and measurable outcomes.

Q10. My project overlaps the Agriculture and TO-led business focus areas. Is it desirable to show impact across both these areas or just one ?

A10. Our EOI form gives you the opportunity to ‘flesh out’ your research impact. If you can demonstrate impact across these areas, this would be highly desirable.

Q9. Would the CRCNA consider tele-health as a way of delivering a health outcome ?

A9. Yes, although consideration would need to be given to technological barriers ( if any) and how the service is being delivered.

Q8. Can I apply for multiple grants ?

A8. Yes . EOI applicants can be on more than one EOI submission.

Q7. Can we use research partners not in northern Australia?

A7. Yes, and in fact we have several Participants not located in NA.  Researchers can be based where ever, as  long as the impact of their research is  in NA. 

Q6. Will project final reports be published ?

A6. Yes. The CRCNA is committed to providing transparent and readily available information about our projects – including final reports and publications. These will be available on our website.

Q5. Please clarify what the CRCNA’s interest in healthcare is ? Are you talking about attracting more inbound patients to NA ?

A5. The focus of our health care questions is more around exporting our expertise and models of care/ service to other countries/regions, however if the inbound projects assisted in building scale or services,then this may be something we’d consider. 

Q4. When will funding be available for successful EOI applicants?

A4. As quickly as your project contracted. The EOI is just the first phase of this process, successful applicants will be invited to develop a more detailed Research Plan and this is what our contracts are based on. The CRCNA also pays in arrears. As quickly as the project is contracted m the CRCNA will pay in the subsequent quarter, providing agreed milestones are met.

Q3. When are projects funding in this funding call expected to start?

A3. Applicants should allow at least a month for contacting. If your organisation already has a Head Agreement with the CRCNA,then this may reduce the time taken to bring a project to contract. Ideally, we’d like projects funded in this round to start early 2020.

Q2. Who has the right to the IP of the research results?

A2. The CRCNA research is created in common, so our intention is to make all results available. However, this would depend on any special conditions noted in the project contract.

Q1. Is the CRCNA interested on the social impact of research , particularly around indigenous business / projects ?

A1. Yes, although this is a fairly new area for us to work in. If you have an idea in this space you’ll need to also demonstrate the economic benefits in addition to any social impact. Contact us to discuss further.