CEAT Research Translation Initiative -Scoping Projects



The aim of Scoping Project funding is to support ANU researchers to undertake preliminary investigations into industry need/demand for an idea or solution they would like to develop, to translate their research expertise into impact.

Up to $5,000 may be requested per application (with a maximum project duration of 3 months), with submissions being considered year-round. Applications are assessed by the CEAT Director, and awarded monthly. 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 potential next step in progressing the project. 

What the funding can be used for

Funding for scoping projects can be used to pay for services undertaken by an external party with subject matter expertise (hereon termed ’Advisor’) or other support services including:

  • Industry aligned desktop research/scoping/interviews
  • Testing the feasibility of a research idea with industry partners or end-users
  • Advice on the size of the potential market for the solution and its likely impact
  • Providing introductions, organising and/or facilitating structured meetings between researcher and external stakeholders
  • Identifying new sources of funding aligned to the skills and resources of ANU researchers
  • Advice or feedback on alignment of proposals with potential sources of funding
  • Advice on a balance between the needs of end users and the expectations of funders/investors

An Advisor may be nominated by the applicant or recommended by CEAT. The Advisor is expected to:

  • Be an industry expert with extensive experience and knowledge of the relevant field to help drive new and emerging problem definition, and understand industry need
  • Have extensive networks which can be accessed to form new links/partnerships with collaborators to align research capability with identified industry needs.

Note: In a limited number of cases, Scoping Project funding may be used to fund activities that require support services that do not require an Advisor, but which still address the Selection Criteria listed below.

Selection Criteria:

(i) Strategic alignment with the CEAT mission

The proposal increases engagement of ANU researcher(s) with industry or end-users, and addresses a challenge of relevance to the agricultural sector.

(ii) Identified need for Advisor or support services

The proposal identifies a particular individual to act as the Advisor, or defines the skills required of an un-named Advisor or the support service required.

The proposal outlines the value of engaging an advisor or support service.

 (iii) Quality of project plan

The proposal outlines the scope of work to be undertaken by the Advisor (or support service), in consultation with the researcher(s), with the aim of identifying industry need and potential external funding opportunities to progress the project following completion of the Scoping work.

The proposal includes a reasonable timetable and activity budget for project activities. Final details associated with the timetable and activity budget will be negotiated with Advisors of awarded projects.

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.

Information on how to apply is available on the Strategic Investment Program page.