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NCRIS Support Program

NCRIS Support Program FAQ

How much money is available this grant round? 

There is $21.6 million available in the first round of NCRIS Support.

How much money can I apply for? 

An applicant can apply for funding between $500,000 and $10 million.

Is my project eligible? 

The objective of the NCRIS Support Program is to increase the research and translation capability and capacity of NSW NCRIS facilities.

Projects must demonstrate alignment to the investment plans in the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (Chapters 3 to 4), the NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap and the NSW Industry Development Framework.

20-Year R&D Roadmap

The NSW Industry Development Framework

2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap

  • Software
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data analytics
  • Quantum computing and devices
  • Blockchain
  • Robotics
  • Communications, Sensing, Internet of Things
  • Semiconductors
  • Biochemical technologies
  • Cell technologies
  • Genetic and molecular technologies
  • Nanotechnology
  • Smart materials
  • Circular economy
  • Nuclear science
  • Renewable energy generation
  • Energy storage
  • Power to X

Priority industries 

  • Agriculture and agrifood
  • Resources
  • Defence and aerospace
  • Clean energy and waste
  • Medical and life sciences
  • Digital systems and software
  • International education
  • Visitor economy

Core enabling technologies

  • Digital technology
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Biotechnology

Focus precincts 

  • Aerotropolis
  • Westmead
  • Tech Central
  • Renewable Energy Zones
  • Hydrogen Hubs
  • Special Activation Precincts
  • Regional Job Precincts
  • Resources technology and critical minerals processing
  • Food and beverage
  • Medical products
  • Recycling and clean energy
  • Defence
  • Space
  • Environment and climate
  • Frontier technologies and modern manufacturing
  • Continental-scale observations
  • Large-scale integrated datasets
  • Physical collections and biobanking
  • Software analysis tools and platforms

What can the funding be used for? 

NCRIS Support Program funding is for NSW-based applicants who currently, or have previously been funded, under the Commonwealth Government’s NCRIS.

Funding under the NCRIS Support Program can be used for projects which are directly targeted at driving innovation, and where it can be demonstrated that the activity will increase research and commercial outputs and outcomes. This includes:

  • major equipment upgrades or replacement, or equipment to increase the ‘industry offering’ of the facility
  • laboratory facilities improvement to facilitate industry access
  • developing new infrastructure facilities
  • highly skilled technical experts where it can be shown that this enhances end-user access or outcomes from the equipment
  • business development managers or industry application scientists employed by a university, research infrastructure facility or consortium to assist SMEs and companies to navigate the research pathways and access infrastructure
  • specialised technologies and systems to facilitate researcher and industry access
  • industry-focused collaborative programs driving access to infrastructure and commercialisation, which can be joint across facilities.

I am not an NCRIS-funded facility. Can I apply?   

No. NCRIS Support Program funding is for NSW-based applicants who currently, or have previously been funded, under the Commonwealth Government’s NCRIS.

You may instead be eligible for funding under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Build Out Program, designed to support open-access research and innovation infrastructure in NSW.

What is the assessment process?

The assessment of applications will be led by the independent Assessment Panel, supported by the OCSE as Secretariat to the NCRIS Support Program.

The independent Assessment Panel will assess eligible applications against the assessment criteria and will make recommendations about which proposals to fund, the quantum of funds and funding conditions.

If I am unsuccessful in this grant round, can I apply again? 

Yes. The NSW Government will provide funding under the NCRIS Support Program for four rounds (four years).

If you are not an NCRIS facility, please apply for funding under the NSW Government’s new Infrastructure Build Out Program.

Who can I contact if I still have a question? 

If you have questions regarding the NCRIS Support Program, contact us through: www.investment.nsw.gov.au/contact-us/