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

  • Applicants must apply online.
  • Applications are now open and will close 1:00pm AEST, Wednesday 27 March 2019.
  • Total funding available is up to $25,000,000 (excluding GST) over four years (2019–23) intended to be contracted in a single round, with the bulk of these funds to be allocated via milestone payments over the last three years. A maximum of $5,000,000 (excluding GST) will be available for the program in the 2019–20 financial year.

Co-investment Areas

The Queensland Government invites 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.


The RICF grant application process will be 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
  • demonstrate significant leverage (matched or greater) of Australian Government, industry, university sector funds for the proposed project
  • are organisations that conduct research in Queensland and include, but are not limited to:
    • universities
    • research agencies (e.g. statutory authorities)
    • limited companies
  • are registered for GST and have an Australian Business Number
  • propose a project that addresses at least one of the co-investment areas above and benefits Queensland through alignment with an Advance Queensland Industry Roadmap, or other Queensland Government priority such as from Our Future State – Advancing Queensland's Priorities
  • will spend project related funds in Queensland
  • propose 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
  • have its headquarters and/or a research presence located (or planned to be located) in Queensland.

Guidelines and conditions

To assist in developing an application please read the:

How to apply

Applicants must apply online via SmartyGrants. Each application must contain:

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.