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 on 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 which facilitates 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

Program Guidelines available here.

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 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 an Expression of Interest form to [email protected] with CEAT Strategic Investment Program – EOI in the subject line.
  • A member of the CEAT Research Translation team will meet with you to discuss the project concept, appropriate category of support, and suitability of the project for development of an application.
  • Suitably developed ideas from the EOI process will be invited to complete an application for the appropriate category of support.
  • 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 following the closing of each call, 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.
  • Send application form to [email protected] with CEAT Strategic Investment Program – Application in the subject line.

Expressions of Interest open: Scoping Projects: at any time. Engagement and Collaboration Projects: next round in July 2022

Expressions of Interest close: TBC

Applications (Engagement and Collaboration projects) close: TBC

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the round on: TBC        

Application forms

Expression of Interest form

Application form: Scoping

Application form: Engagement

Application form: Collaboration

Reporting

On completion of awarded projects, a short report is required.

Report templates 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, Robin Fieldhouse at [email protected].