CEAT Strategic Investment Program



Program Guidelines

Introduction

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT) was established in August 2018 as a partnership between the ANU, CSIRO and ACT Government. CEAT was elevated to the status of an ANU Innovation Institute in May 2020.

CEAT’s mission is to build partnerships and capability in entrepreneurship to enable researchers, industry, government and end-users to collaborate and innovate in projects of relevance to the agricultural sector. 

CEAT delivers on its mission through three program areas, one of which is the Research Translation Initiative (RTI). A key goal of the Initiative is to develop a proactive culture to facilitate research translation, so the university’s research:

(1) findings are more effectively translated into agricultural practice, policy or impact

(2) capabilities are used to address challenges facing the agricultural sector.

Purpose

The CEAT Strategic Investment Program (“the Program”) provides tailored support to proposals aligned with the goals of CEAT’s Research Translation Initiative. 

The aims of the Program are to:

  • Increase the number of ANU researchers engaging in projects of relevance to the agricultural sector
  • Facilitate the establishment of new collaborations between ANU researchers and industry
  • Promote interdisciplinary and co-innovation approaches to solving agricultural challenges
  • Support CEAT Innovation Project Teams
  • Support ANU researchers to prepare highly competitive grant applications and tender responses that align with industry needs of the agri-sector
  • Invest in projects that have the potential to result in high impact/meaningful outcomes and/or increase financial returns to ANU in the future

The Program will support research translation through three support categories.

Categories of Support

Scoping – up to $5,000 (maximum duration 3 months)

Engagement – up to $20,000 (maximum duration 6 months)

Collaboration – up to $50,000 (duration negotiable)

How to apply

  • Complete and return the correct application form for each of the categories: Scoping, Engagement and Collaboration.
  • Applications for Scoping projects will be accepted and assessed by the CEAT Director year-round, subject to budget availability. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of funding, or allocation of resources following this assessment process.
  • Engagement and Collaboration projects will be assessed by the CEAT Grant Committee on a quarterly basis, subject to budget availability. A case can be made for out of session consideration if leveraged funding opportunities arise. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of funding, or allocation of resources following this assessment process.
  • To ensure the best chances of success, please liaise with the CEAT Research Translation Initiative (RTI) team as early as possible to discuss the project concept, appropriate category of support, and suitability of the project before proceeding with an application.
  • Send the completed form to [email protected] with CEAT Strategic Investment Program – Application in the subject line.

Applications for the current round of Engagement and Collaboration projects close on the 26 November 2021.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the round on 3 December 2021.         

Application forms

Download the application form for Scoping support here.

Download the application form for Engagement support here.

Download the application form for Collaboration support here.

Reporting

On completion of the project, the applicant will be required to produce a short report outlining the outcomes of the project and potential next steps in progressing the project and likely benefits and potential impact.

The report template will be available here soon.

Criteria for Support

The CEAT Strategic Investment Program is open to all ANU researchers and research students. Proposals under the program will first be considered for alignment with the goals of the CEAT Research Translation Initiative, and then for quality of the application against the relevant Scheme guidelines.

Contacts

Questions regarding the Strategic Investment Program can be directed to the CEAT Research Translation Initiative Lead, Martin Amidy at [email protected].