Northern Territory Research and Innovation Fund

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Each year the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board invites applications for project grants under the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Fund.

Grants are awarded in three categories:

  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Proof-of-concept.

Any project that demonstrates a benefit to the Northern Territory will be considered. However, it is essential that applications are of a high standard, with clearly explained objectives, methods and outcomes, and that they support Northern Territory research priorities. Assistance is available with preparing applications if required.

Research Grant

Research grants are available to both collaborative and independent research projects.

Applications will be assessed on the selection criteria outlined in these guidelines and must demonstrate how the research project will support Northern Territory research priorities.

Northern Territory Research Priorities

In 2007 the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board, an advisory board of government, facilitated the development of Backing Territory Research – Research Priorities for the Northern Territory 2008-2015 (pdf 1.1 mb) on behalf of the Northern Territory Government.

These priorities can be downloaded from this website or obtained from the Executive Officer, Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board.

The Northern Territory’s research priorities seek to promote research and innovation that draws upon the Northern Territory’s strengths to build a prosperous and sustainable future. The priorities guide government investment and decision-making in research and innovation by:

  • ensuring a strategic basis for decisions in research investment based on areas of comparative advantage, emerging priorities, opportunities, and threats
  • driving the development of research and innovation critical mass and collaboration in the Northern Territory and with other Australian jurisdictions and international neighbours
  • maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of research investment in driving economic growth, environmental sustainability and social welfare
  • leveraging co-investment from the Australian Government, industry and other sources of funding by aligning priorities where appropriate.
What types of activity will be supported by the research grant program?
  • Projects that are awarded funding from the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Fund will be aligned to the Northern Territory’s research priorities.
  • Through the research grants, partner support is available for research projects seeking other sources of external funding, such as through Australian Government programs, thereby enabling applicants to leverage significant research funding to the Northern Territory.
  • The grants are also aimed at promoting collaborative partnerships between research institutions, government research groups and third parties such as small to medium size businesses, Indigenous enterprises, community councils and non government organisations, who are seeking solutions to specific problems through research.
  • The Board will also consider applications for projects where leveraging of additional funding is not possible.

Note: Successful applicants who are seeking external funding should note that the release of Northern Territory Research and Innovation grant funding is subject to confirmation that external funding has been secured for the project.

Is there a maximum limit on the funding for which I can apply?

There is no maximum funding level set for research grants. As a guide, most research grants that are awarded are in the range $5000 to $25 000 per year for up to three years.

Applicants must justify the amount of funding they are seeking and demonstrate clearly how the funding is intended to be used.

What are my chances of getting a research grant?

The Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board has awarded research grants to up to 30% of applicants who have applied for a grant in previous years. This success rate is similar to that of Australian Government grant programs administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Unsuccessful applicants may wish to seek feedback from the Board, via the Executive Officer, before reapplying in a subsequent grant round.

To be considered for a grant, the application must be of a high standard, with clearly explained objectives, methods and outcomes that support Northern Territory research priorities. Please refer to the checklist at the end of the research grant application form to ensure you have provided all the information required.

Note: Assistance with preparing an application is available if required. Contact the Executive Officer for assistance and further information.

What are the selection criteria for the research grants?

The Board will assess applications in relation to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to foster collaborations among research providers and beneficiaries in the Northern Territory, especially if such partnerships involve small to medium businesses, including Indigenous enterprises, industry groups or community councils.
  • Ability to build and retain research or innovation capacity in the Northern Territory.
  • Benefit to the Northern Territory.
  • Alignment with Northern Territory Government research priorities as outlined in Backing Territory Research: Research Priorities for the Northern Territory 2008 – 2015 (pdf 1.1 mb).
  • Potential for commercialisation or practical application of research outcomes and innovations.
  • Transferability of research outcomes, for example, application across a region, across the nation or overseas.
  • Ability to leverage external investment.
How do I apply for a research grant?

To apply for a grant you will need to complete a Research Grant Application Form (pdf 90 kb) (doc 190 kb). Copies of the application form can be downloaded from this website or obtained from the Executive Officer, Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board.

Applications will be assessed by the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board and a list of recommendations put to the Minister for Business and Employment for approval. Applicants will be contacted when the assessment process has been completed. The Board reserves the right to request additional information from grant applicants.

Innovation Grant

An innovation grant can assist businesses and individuals develop innovative ideas, products or services by providing funding and exposure to other programs such as those offered by AusIndustry.

Applications will be assessed on the selection criteria outlined in these guidelines and must demonstrate how the innovation project will support Northern Territory research priorities.

Northern Territory Research Priorities

In 2007 the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board, an advisory board of government, facilitated the development of Backing Territory Research – Research Priorities for the Northern Territory 2008-2015 (pdf 1.1 mb) on behalf of the Northern Territory Government.

These priorities can be downloaded from this website or obtained from the Executive Officer, Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board.

The Northern Territory’s research priorities seek to promote research and innovation that draws upon the Northern Territory’s strengths to build a prosperous and sustainable future. The priorities guide government investment and decision-making in research and innovation by:

  • ensuring a strategic basis for decisions in research investment based on areas of comparative advantage, emerging priorities, opportunities, and threats
  • driving the development of research and innovation critical mass and collaboration in the Northern Territory and with other Australian jurisdictions and international neighbours
  • maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of research investment in driving economic growth, environmental sustainability and social welfare
  • leveraging co-investment from the Australian Government, industry and other sources of funding by aligning priorities where appropriate.
Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board

The aim of the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board is to:

  • leverage external research funding into the Northern Territory
  • build and retain the Northern Territory’s capacity for research and innovation
  • develop the Northern Territory’s comparative advantages in tropical and desert knowledge
  • lift the profile of Northern Territory researchers and innovators
  • encourage and support research and innovation that meets the needs of the Northern Territory, including the needs of regional and Indigenous Territorians.

The Northern Territory Research and Innovation Grants program is facilitated by the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board. Board members assess all applications and make recommendations for the award of grants.

What types of activity will be supported by the innovation grant program?
  • Projects that are awarded funding from the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Fund will be aligned to the Northern Territory’s research priorities.
  • Projects that further develop an innovative product or service to facilitate its application, implementation or commercialisation may be eligible for a Northern Territory innovation grant.
  • Persons working in or associated with small to medium-size business enterprises who are seeking to develop innovative ideas, products, services and approaches are encouraged to apply for an innovation grant.

Northern Territory innovation grants are expected to better position successful applicants to subsequently seek and obtain external funding from Australian Government or industry programs and/or through commercial investment.

Some examples of activities that might be supported by a Northern Territory innovation grant include:

  • costs associated with seeking professional advice on Intellectual Property
  • costs associated with developing a bid for external funding eg an AusIndustry application
  • concept development and design costs
  • costs associated with building a prototype or product and standards testing
  • operational costs of a research project that has no other source of funding available or requires seed funding to commence the project prior to application for external funds
  • the purchase of a particular piece of equipment or service to enable an innovative project to be undertaken.

It is expected that the applicant/s will at least match the amount of funding being sought from the Research and Innovation Fund with their own funding and/or in-kind contributions. The Board may consider funding exceptional projects where matching funds and/or an in-kind contribution cannot be provided.

Is there a maximum limit on the funding for which I can apply?

There is no maximum funding level set for a Northern Territory innovation grant. As a guide, previous successful applicants have been awarded one-off grants of between $2000 to $20 000.

Applicants must justify the amount of funding they are seeking and demonstrate clearly how the funding will be used.

What are my chances of getting an innovation grant?

The Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board has awarded innovation grants to up to 40% of applicants who have applied for a grant in any given year.

Unsuccessful applicants may wish to seek feedback from the Board, via the Executive Officer, before reapplying in a subsequent grant round.

To be considered for the grant, the application must be of a high standard, with clearly explained objectives, methods and outcomes that support Northern Territory research priorities. Please refer to the checklist at the end of the innovation grant application form to ensure you have provided all the information required.

Note: Assistance with preparing an application is available if required. Contact the Executive Officer for assistance and further information.

What are the selection criteria for the innovation grants?

The Board will assess applications in relation to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Level of innovation and/or creativity associated with the project.
  • Evidence of a clear path for the progression of the innovation towards application, including identification of opportunities for external funding programs to be tendered for in the future.
  • Level of benefit to the Northern Territory.
  • Demonstrated potential for commercialisation or practical application of the innovation/research outcome.
  • Transferability of the outcomes of the project ie their application across regions, the nation or internationally.
  • Level to which the applicant has demonstrated that they have the necessary experience, expertise and resources (or access to these) to successfully complete the project.
  • Level to which the project’s progression is reliant on the grant and whether alternative sources of funding or undertaking the project have been considered.
How do I apply for an innovation grant?

To apply for a grant you will need to complete an Innovation Grant Application Form (pdf 81 kb) (doc 189 kb). Copies of the application form can be downloaded from this website or obtained from the Executive Officer, Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board.

Applications will be assessed by the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board and a list of recommendations put to the Minister for Business and Employment for approval. Applicants will be contacted when the assessment process has been completed. The Board reserves the right to request additional information from grant applicants.

Proof of Concept Grants

Proof-of-concept Grants are offered in recognition that some research and innovation projects require funding in the initial stages of their development. This grant enables individuals and small teams to discover at modest cost whether their newly developed project or idea has the potential to expand into a larger scale project of economic and/or social benefit to the Territory.

Applications will be assessed on the selection criteria outlined in these guidelines and must demonstrate how the proof-of-concept project will support Northern Territory research priorities.

Northern Territory Research Priorities

In 2007 the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board, an advisory board of government, facilitated the development of Backing Territory Research – Research Priorities for the Northern Territory 2008-2015 (pdf 1.1 mb) on behalf of the Northern Territory Government.

These priorities can be downloaded from this website or obtained from the Executive Officer, Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board.

The Northern Territory’s research priorities seek to promote research and innovation that draws upon the Northern Territory’s strengths to build a prosperous and sustainable future. The priorities guide government investment and decision-making in research and innovation by:

  • ensuring a strategic basis for decisions in research investment based on areas of comparative advantage, emerging priorities, opportunities, and threats
  • driving the development of research and innovation critical mass and collaboration in the Northern Territory and with other Australian jurisdictions and international neighbours
  • maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of research investment in driving economic growth, environmental sustainability and social welfare
  • leveraging co-investment from the Australian Government, industry and other sources of funding by aligning priorities where appropriate.
What types of activity will be supported by the proof-of-concept grant program?
  • Projects that are awarded funding from the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Fund will be aligned to the Northern Territory’s research priorities.
  • A proof of concept grant will allow the applicant/s the opportunity to discover with reasonable speed and at a relatively low cost whether their project has the potential to be expanded into a larger-scale research or innovation project with good prospects of success.
  • Proposals of a speculative or novel kind are particularly welcome but should be accompanied by a plan that demonstrates theoretical or practical potential. The Board will look favourably on applications for such grants that articulate pathways to more ambitious projects, in terms of both scale and budget, that have the potential to attract funding from Northern Territory and Australian Government funding programs or from the private sector.
  • Applications for proof of concept grants will normally be considered by the Board during the meeting in which the Board assesses applications for research and innovation grants. However, applicants who are working to extremely tight timeframes and whose projects may be jeopardised by having to wait for the next grant round may wish to discuss their potential application with the Board’s Executive Officer. The Executive Officer will seek advice from the Chair of the Board as to whether the Board will consider the application out-of-session.
Is there a maximum limit on the funding for which I can apply?

Allocation of funds will depend on the quality and number of applications received in any given year. Funding from the Board for a project will not normally exceed $10 000.

Expenditure of grant funds is expected to occur within 12 months of the award. Projects with a timeframe of up to and including one year are particularly encouraged, proof-of-concept grant funding for subsequent years will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

It should be noted that travel costs will not be supported.

Applicants are advised that one year after the final allocation of funds, they will be asked to submit a written report on the outcomes resulting from the support provided and a follow-up short report in the following year if requested.

What are my chances of getting a proof-of-concept grant?

To be considered for the grant, the application must be of a high standard, with clearly explained objectives, methods and outcomes that support Northern Territory research priorities. Please refer to the checklist at the end of the Proof-of-Concept Grant Application Form to ensure you have provided all the information required.

Unsuccessful applicants may wish to seek feedback from the Board, via the Executive Officer, before reapplying in a subsequent grant round.

Note: Assistance with preparing an application is available if required. Contact the Executive Officer for assistance and further information.

What are the selection criteria for the proof-of-concept grants?

The Board will assess applications in relation to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • The quality of the project proposed and track record of the applicant relative to the proposed concept
  • The likelihood that the provision of funding will lead to success in attracting research and innovation income to the Northern Territory
  • The extent to which the provision of funding will underpin an existing research strength or innovative capability or contribute to the development of an emerging area of research strength or innovative capability in the Northern Territory (see Backing Territory Research – Research Priorities for the Northern Territory 2008-2015, pdf 1.1 mb).
How do I apply for a proof-of-concept grant?

To apply for a grant you will need to complete a Proof-Of-Concept Grant Application Form (pdf 80 kb) (doc 167 kb). Copies of the application form can be downloaded from this website or obtained from the Executive Officer, Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board.

Applications will be assessed by the Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board and a list of recommendations put to the Minister for Business and Employment for approval. Applicants will be contacted when the assessment process has been completed. The Board reserves the right to request additional information from grant applicants.

More Information

Research and Innovation Grant winners (incl Scholarships)

Applications are now open and close on 10 May 2011

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