The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) has committed more than $4.3 million towards seven industry-led projects following its second open funding call.

The CRCNA received 55 submissions requesting $38 million during the Expressions of Interest round, which closed 7 September.

The successful projects are within the areas of aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture, health service delivery and supply chains with research to be carried out in locations across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

CRCNA Chief Executive Officer Jed Matz said the funded projects demonstrated strong linkages to industry, with significant co-investment from project participants.

“Participants in this 2018/19 EOI round have committed a further $11.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions, bringing the total value of the seven projects to $15.6 million over four years.”

“This level of investment shows the projects are well-supported by industry and will deliver meaningful and useful outcomes to resolve barriers to further investment or development.”

Project participants have been invited to provide a more detailed project outline of their EOI submission and work with CRCNA staff in progressing to contract.

Mr Matz said Australia’s largest CRC is well on its way to making a significant contribution to the development of northern Australia.

“The 24 projects funded in 2017/18 have leveraged CRC funding, participant cash and in-kind contributions exceeding $16 million. This funding round will bring the total amount of all funding committed to northern Australian research through the CRCNA to more than $31 million.”

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