Activating the Indigenous Estate in Northern Australia – EOI project proposals

The CRCNA have committed to partnering with industry to create a multi- million investment prospectus for a pan-northern Australian research program that advances the strategic priorities identified in the Northern Australia Indigenous Development Accord (The Accord).

The program will consist of industry-led research and development to support a post-determination era focused on economically activating the Indigenous estate that meets Traditional Owner and Indigenous Business aspirations.  

This EOI is seeking proposals for collaborative research projects which deliver innovative solutions to activate the Indigenous estate and demonstrate capacity to grow and address the four focus priorities below. 

Key Dates

Submissions close 5pm AEST Friday 22 July 2022

Priority areas 

The CRCNA invites research proposals for collaborative projects that deliver innovative solutions to activate the Indigenous estate and demonstrate capacity to grow and address the four focus priorities below. Projects that address the Accord priorities, but are not specifically listed below, are still valid and will be considered.

Please refer to the Activating the Indigenous Estate EOI Guidelines  and the Activating the Indigenous Estate EOI information pack for more details and information about these priority areas.

  1. Creating jobs, fostering labour participation, entrepreneurship, and business acumen
  2. Access to capital and international markets
  3. Activate the economic value of land, water, sea and cultural resource rights
  4. Knowledge management systems and research and development to support Indigenous commercial end-users.

Expectation of proponent and selection criteria

To be considered eligible, any responses to this EOI must:

  • Be Indigenous led (51%) and co-designed with significant input from Indigenous businesses or organisations as the end users or beneficiaries of project outcomes
  • Demonstrate that the lead proponent has strong partnerships in place to deliver on the required activities
  • Identify the project’s key research activities, how these will contribute to answering the key research question/s and how they will deliver this proposed project within a maximum 3-year timeframe
  • Be able to secure cash and/or in-kind commitments from the lead organisation and research partners.

How to apply 

Timelines and process

  • This is an open EOI process with submissions due 5pm AEST Friday 22 July 2022
  • EOIs will be evaluated by an expert panel of industry leaders and CRCNA staff
  • Successful proposals will be presented to the CRCNA Board for final approval
  • Once approved, successful proponents work with the CRCNA project managers to develop a detailed project plan and budget
  • This plan forms the basis of the CRCNA participant agreements and contracts which need to be fully executed before projects commence.

More information 

Questions should be put in writing and emailed to or contact Sarah Docherty on 0429 770 796.