Research Infrastructure Co-investment Fund (RICF)

Attracting critical co-investment in National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) capabilities with existing or planned Queensland operations.

What's important

  • Current funding round is now closed.
  • Up to $25,000,000 (excluding GST) over four years (2019–23) was available in a single round.

To date the following recipients have been announced:

Additional facilities have received conditional funding offers and will be announced as they are contracted.

Co-investment Areas

The Queensland Government invited applications for co-investment in the following priority focus areas framed in the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap:

  • Digital Data and eResearch Platforms
  • Platforms for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Characterisation
  • Advanced Fabrication and Manufacturing
  • Advanced Physics and Astronomy
  • Earth and Environmental Systems
  • Biosecurity
  • Complex Biology, and
  • Therapeutic Development.

Eligibility

The RICF grant application process was open to organisations that:

  • were committed NCRIS funds (for the period 2018–2022) by the Australian Government in its Research Infrastructure Investment Plan for identified priority national research infrastructure projects, and are the established lead agent in the NCRIS 2018 Guidelines for the project or in a collaborative agreement with the lead agent (as explained by the Department of Education and Training (PDF, 253.0KB) ) to deliver the Queensland component of the funded project
  • demonstrated significant leverage (matched or greater) of Australian Government, industry, university sector funds for the proposed project
  • were organisations that conducted research in Queensland and included, but were not limited to:
    • universities
    • research agencies (e.g. statutory authorities)
    • limited companies
  • were registered for GST and had an Australian Business Number
  • proposed a project that addressed at least one of the co-investment areas above and benefited Queensland through alignment with an Advance Queensland Industry Roadmap, or other Queensland Government priority such as from Our Future State – Advancing Queensland's Priorities
  • proposed to spend project related funds in Queensland
  • proposed the acquisition of capital equipment and major systems and/or key expertise and personnel that will lift the competitiveness of existing or planned Queensland NCRIS capabilities
  • had their headquarters and/or a research presence located (or planned to be located) in Queensland.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

NCRIS is a national network of world-class research infrastructure projects that support high-quality collaborative research and innovation in the Australian research sector.

Science capability directory

The science capability directory provides information on the state’s key research capabilities and science expertise.

RICF Advancing Queensland’s Priorities

RICF funding will be prioritised for projects that align with Queensland Government priorities in the Advance Queensland Industry Roadmaps and Our Future State – Advancing Queensland’s Priorities.

Medical Research and Infrastructure Funding

Funding for medical research and infrastructure is outlined in the Queensland Advancing Health Research 2026 and available through Queensland Health's Health Innovation, Investment and Research Office.