2020/21 EOI Guidelines


For an EOI to be considered eligible, it must:

  • have at least one partner representing industry (or the end-user of the research where appropriate).
  • include significant co-contribution of cash and in-kind (at a minimum 1:1). EOIs with a higher cash co-contribution will be viewed more favourably.
  • fit within one (or more) of the three investment themes:
    • Agriculture and food (including aquaculture)
    • Northern Australia health service delivery
    • Traditional Owner-led business development (in agriculture, food or health industries).
  • ensure the research impact falls within the northern Australian region (as shown in Appendix 2).

Note: this does not preclude research conducted outside of Northern Australia, so long as the research has impact within the Northern Australia region.

Research alignment: identified research priorities

EOI’s must align with and respond to one (or more) of CRCNA's identified research priorities.

Common terms

A list of common terms used in these Guidelines and EOI form can be found here.

Membership requirements

Applicants do not need to be CRCNA Members to submit an EOI. Only those EOIs which result in an agreed Project Outline and Research Agreement will need to become CRCNA Members.

However, anyone can nominate to become a CRCNA Member anytime.

A CRCNA Membership costs $100 (ex GST) per annum. 

Funding considerations and uses

Industry-led research collaborations

  • EOIs must demonstrate why industry needs the research and clearly outline how the industry will support and adopt the research (pathway to impact). At least one of the EOI Participants must represent the industry in which the research is being undertaken.
  • Industry partners are not required to lead the EOI nor submit the EOI.
  • Government Statutory Authorities and Government Entities at state, federal and local levels are welcome to submit EOIs but must have at least one partner representing industry (or the end-user where appropriate).
  • Significant government investment in health institutions and organisations will not preclude them from eligibility in CRCNA funding calls. However, government investment in the proposed EOI must be declared in the Project financials section of the EOI form.

Funding uses

CRCNA funding can be used to support the costs of:

  • research
  • salaries
  • student placements
  • strategies which build the R&D capacity within SMEs
  • deployment of research outputs and encouragement of take up by industry

CRCNA funding cannot be used for EOIs that:

  • do not have a research component or a clearly articulated research question
  • do not have at least one Industry Partner
  • whose outputs are highly localised without potential broader application across Northern Australia
  • are to build capital works or for the purchase or construction of facilities such as buildings or laboratories
  • are for renovations or extension of buildings and existing facilities
  • are for any activities for which you have previously been funded or are currently being funded by the Australian Government or a State or Territory governments.
  • Institutional overheads

EOI Approval process

EOIs will be assessed through a competitive, merit-based process.

The CRCNA will prepare, in collaboration with appointed advisory committee members (where required), recommendations for final consideration by the CRCNA Board.

Successful EOIs will be invited to submit a Project Outline and Project Expenditure with more specific detail on the proposed research project.

The CRCNA will also contact unsuccessful EOI Applicants.

Expressions of interest for the CRCNA 2020/21 funding call have now closed.