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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 compa