National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Feasibility Study Grants


Funding for feasibility studies of lower-cost, accurate technical solutions to measuring soil organic carbon. Successful applicants will deliver a feasibility study that shows technical viability and commercial potential of their proposed solution.

Open

Closes in less than a day

Closing date: 10 Dec 2021 05:00 PM AEDT

Application detail:
The maximum project period is three months.

What do you get?

Grants from $50,000 to $100,000.

Who is this for?

Australian researchers, entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups, AgTech companies, and other carbon or soil service providers who have a novel product or process to commercialise, which will lower the cost of soil carbon measurement.

Overview


The National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge: Feasibility Study Grants support successful applicants to conduct feasibility studies that demonstrate the technical viability and commercial potential of your soil carbon measurement solutions.

The objectives of the National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge program are to:

  • fast-track the development of lower-cost, accurate technical approaches to enable land managers to quantify the impact of their land management activities on soil organic carbon 
  • secure co-investment and foster partnerships that trial and deploy novel soil carbon measurement technological solutions.

There will be other grant opportunities as part of this program, supporting proof of concept and validation and deployment stages of technology development. This stage does not have to be completed to be eligible for future grant opportunities. We will publish details of opportunities in the future.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities: 

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • a publicly funded research organisation
  • an Australian State/Territory Government agency or body.

We can only accept applications where you certify that:

  • your project is supported by your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board), and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • you have or will have relevant intellectual property arrangements in place in order to undertake your project, should you proceed to subsequent stages of the grant program
  • you will be willing to provide research data and outputs to the government and any nominated third party for the purposes of improving knowledge of quantifying soil carbon under different management practices, if you proceed to future stages of the program. 

Applying


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. 

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Feasibility Study Grants

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • Read the guidelines.

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Information session


National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Stakeholder briefing

 

We hosted an information session providing an overview of the National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Feasibility Study Grants, including eligibility requirements and key points from the assessment criteria. It also covers the associated programs, the Soil Carbon Data Program and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s National Soil Strategy.

Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement