The aim of Collaboration Project funding is to provide seed funding to support ANU researchers working in interdisciplinary teams to leverage external funds, with the combined funds being used for projects that develop solutions that address an industry identified challenge in the agricultural sector, and which enable the ANU to translate its research expertise into impact.
Up to $50,000 may be requested per application, with submissions being considered quarterly. Grant applications are considered and awarded quarterly by the CEAT Grant Committee. Applications will be assessed on how well they address the Criteria (see below).
On completion of the project, the applicant will be required to produce a short report outlining the outcomes of the project and the projected longer term impact it will influence (e.g. for industry, society and/or the ANU).
What the funding can be used for
Funding for Collaboration Projects can be used to leverage a combination of local area ANU funds and external funding to address an industry identified challenge in the agricultural sector with an identified pathway to impact.
CEAT Collaboration Project funding must be matched with funding from one or more ANU business units, with a target minimum of 1 (CEAT): 1 (other business unit).
The project team must be interdisciplinary and have researchers from at least two ANU schools or centres.
(i) Strategic alignment with the CEAT mission
The proposal increases productive engagement of ANU researcher(s) with industry or end-users, and addresses a high impact challenge of relevance to the agricultural sector.
(ii) Evidence of prior stakeholder feedback and case for additional engagement
The proposal outlines existing stakeholder engagement activities which have been conducted to identify industry need.
The proposal provides evidence of the size of the potential market.
The proposal outlines why CEAT funding is required (how would access to the funding program address a barrier to progress that would not be address through business as usual approaches).
(iii) Quality of project plan
The proposal outlines the scope of work to be undertaken by the project team, with the aim of producing a highly competitive funding application or well aligned research consultancy/tender proposal for external funding.
The proposal includes a reasonable time and activity budget for project activities.
The proposal is well conceived, and demonstrates experience and knowledge of the project lead/team.
The proposal has a likelihood of achieving clearly defined outcomes in a realistic timeframe.
(iv) Funding co-contribution
The project must have matched funding co-contribution from (internal) ANU business units (school/college) and (external) industry partners with a target ratio of 1 (CEAT): 1 (other ANU business unit): to 3 (external entity). Cases with a different ratio mix will be considered, noting that applications with a higher level of co-investment will be ranked more highly than applications with a lower level of co-investment.
Information on how to apply is available on the Strategic Investment Program page.