Research

Research programs

The CRCNA is funding projects under seven research programs:

  1. Developing Northern Australia's sector and agricultural supply chains
    Objective:  to develop key agricultural sectors and undertake emerging market and sector capacity situational analysis for beef, rice, horticulture, forestry, aquaculture, Indigenous agriculture and health. To support regional development through supporting projects examining supply chain gap analysis and identifying critical infrastructure needs in regional contexts.
     
  2. Supporting new and developing industries in Northern Australia
    Objective: To grow and improve emerging industry sectors and help establish new industries in Northern Australia in the areas of agriculture and food (including aquaculture), health service delivery and Traditional Owner-led business development (in these areas).
     
  3. Investing in production and supply chain innovation in Northern Australia
    Objective: To deliver research which develops new technologies, efficiencies and approaches to which are game-changers for Northern Australia.  To improve specific industry supply and production chains.
     
  4. Building industry and capacity in Northern Australia
    Objective: To build workforce skills and capacity, develop sectors and a prospectus which enhances investment in agriculture and food (including aquaculture), health service delivery and/ or Traditional Owner-led business development (in these areas).
     
  5. Developing Northern health service delivery innovation and models of care
    Objective: To create strategic breakthroughs which deliver innovation in logistics, business models and health service delivery models.
     
  6. Developing and delivering industry-focused education and training program
    Objective: Build strategic research skills and capacity in Northern Australia in the areas of agriculture and food (including aquaculture), health service delivery and Traditional Owner-led business development (in these areas).
     
  7.  Informing strategic policy development
    Objective: To find the policy and regulatory solutions to facilitate northern Australian development, particularly in the areas of agriculture, health service delivery and Traditional Owner-led business. To progress the de-risking of agricultural investment and identify and attract suitable investors to Northern Australian industry and developments.

Initial investment prioritisation

CRCNA’s investment prioritisation approach was informed by the 2015 White Paper,  feedback from our industry and strategic partnerships, and our open funding calls.

The White Paper and the work leading to its development identified several impediments and barriers to investment and development in the north. The CRCNA seeks to resolve these by developing and investing in research collaborations focused on informing strategic policy development.

An initial open funding call in 2017 identified opportunities to resolve long-standing challenges facing individual industries through trialling and adopting new technologies, systems, or models; it also identified common challenges and barriers across sectors, which have required a whole of sector analysis.

As the CRCNA matures, the outcomes and recommendations from its initial projects will further support investment planning and help identify where the organisation will focus its investment dollars on maximising impact across northern Australia.

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Expressions of interest

Find out about open expressions of interest and how to make a submission.

Current projects

Learn more about currently funded CRCNA projects.