The aim of Engagement Project funding is to support ANU researchers to undertake workshop, co-design and/or prototyping activities with industry partners to refine ideas and solutions they seek to develop to address agricultural sector needs, and translate their research expertise into impact
Up to $20,000 may be requested per application (with a maximum project duration of 6 months). Applications are considered and awarded quarterly by the CEAT Grant Committee. A case can be made for out of session consideration if leveraged funding opportunities arise. 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 Engagement Projects can be used for a number of purposes including (but not limited to):
- Developing a prototype to provide proof of concept for a research/commercialisation idea which will meet an industry identified need
- The provision of external services to organise and facilitate industry engagement workshops to co-design and refine a solution to an identified industry challenge
- Development of a prospectus document (in consultation with industry stakeholder/partners) with the aim of securing external funding for the project/product development
(i) Strategic alignment with the CEAT mission
The proposal increases 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, and how this has informed the next stage research and development.
The proposal provides evidence of the size of the potential market.
The proposal outlines the additional value that would be provided to the project by the proposed activities (what barrier to progress is it addressing), and the broader benefit to the ANU.
(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. Final costing of the time, activity and materials budget may be negotiated with project applicants.
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
Funding co-contribution from ANU business units (school/college) and/or industry partners is encouraged and will be considered during assessment of each application and its value for money.
Information on how to apply is available on the Strategic Investment Program page.