The first funding call for the CRC for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) closed on 31 October 2017, and received a strong response.

“We received 115 expressions of interest requesting a combined total of over $110,000,000” said CEO Jed Matz.

“We were impressed with the calibre of the submissions and are excited about the opportunities the funded projects will bring to Northern Australia.

The CRCNA has responded to everyone who submitted an expression of interest and will now work with a number of selected projects to finalise details prior to making the final funding decisions.

Further funding calls will be conducted and we encourage people with projects ideas to contact the CRCNA to discuss their ideas.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) will be investing $75m of Commonwealth funds over the next ten years to support industry-led research collaborations. The funding will develop new technologies, products and services which address industry issues in Northern Australia within three areas:

  1. Agriculture and food
    Removing barriers and improving supply and value chains for new and existing northern agricultural industries.
  2. Tropical health service delivery
    Identifying new models and approaches, early detection, health seeking behaviour and mental health.
  3. Traditional Owner led business development
    Identifying new models and approaches and building an industry ready skilled workforce in the fields of agriculture, food and/or health industries.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) is an initiative of the white paper on developing Northern Australia and is a core element of the Australian Government’s agenda for developing the north.

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Media Contact: Jed Matz, Chief Executive Officer – (07) 4401 5035