Frequently asked questions about RICF
- How to apply
- Available funding
- Eligibility—cash co-funding
- Use of grant funds
- Conditions of the award
- Announcing successful applications
How to apply
Who can apply for an RICF grant?
- Eligible organisations can apply to the RICF (refer to "Eligibility—applicants" below)
What is the closing date for applications?
- Applications to the RICF close at 1PM AEST on Wednesday 27 March 2019.
Can the application be revised after submission?
- No. However you must advise the department of any changes that are likely to affect your eligibility.
Where can more information about the NCRIS priority focus areas be found?
- More information on 9 NCRIS priority focus areas is outlined in the Australian Government 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap and The Research Infrastructure Investment Plan (Investment Plan).
Will an application for an RICF grant be considered if it does not address a Queensland Government Priority?
- The application must propose a project that:
- is aligned to an Advance Queensland Industry Roadmaps area; or
- benefits Queensland as specified in the Our Future State – Advancing Queensland’s Priorities.
How much funding is available per RICF grant?
- The funding awarded to each successful applicant will depend on the overall quality and quantity of applications received.
How many RICF projects will be supported?
- The number of projects awarded will depend on the overall quality and quantity of applications received.
What are the RICF grant payment instalments?
- The proposed payment instalments are outlined on page 3 of the Grant Deed template. The distribution of these instalments reflects the available program funding each financial year. It may be possible to tailor the instalments to the project if a strong justification is provided.
Which organisations can apply for RICF grants?
- Eligible applicants are organisations that conduct research in Queensland and include, but are not limited to:
- research agencies (e.g. statutory authorities)
- limited companies
Does the applicant need to be an established NCRIS lead agent?
- Applicants must have been 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 lead agent for the project in the NCRIS 2018 Guidelines or are a participant (as explained by the Department of Education and Training - refer Attachment A of the explanatory statement, page 2) in a contractual agreement with the lead agent to deliver the Queensland component of the project.
How much cash co-funding is required to be eligible for an RICF grant?
- The combined applicant and partner organisation cash funding must equal or exceed the Queensland Government RICF funding being sought.
Can the applicant use the salaries of existing or new staff as part of the matched cash funding?
- Yes. Applicant’s salary contributions can be used as part of the matched cash funding if the salaries are for researchers or project staff who will be employed by the applicant and who will be assigned directly to the core business of the project.
Use of grant funds
Can RICF grant funding be used to employ a research assistant?
- Yes, but the funding must only be used to pay for the salaries of research assistant activities directly applicable to the operation of the proposed RICF project.
Can RICF grant funding be used to pay for administrative support?
- No. You cannot use RICF funding for administrative support or institutional overheads, or for costs not directly applicable to the operation of the proposed RICF project.
Conditions of the award
What is a Grant Deed?
- The Grant Deed template will form the basis of the Deed the Queensland Government will enter into with the successful applicants.
- The template outlines the conditions of the RICF award, including the payment schedule and the reporting requirements. The Grant Deed is comprised of the RICF Grant Deed Terms and Conditions, the approved Project Plan and approved Performance Indicators.
When can the RICF grant project commence?
- The project must commence after the notification of the award, and within six months of being advised.
- The project must commence within 60 days after the Grant Deed for the project is executed by the last party to do so.
- Provided a Grant Deed has been executed, the first milestone payment (for execution of the Grant Deed) is proposed for 15 August 2019.
What is the Project Plan?
- The Grant Deed must include an approved Project Plan and budget that describes the key activities, outputs and projected costs of the project for each calendar year of the grant period. The Project Plan will be based on the application submitted, and applicants will be required to report on progress against the Project Plan for the term of the grant.
- The Project Plan must be approved by the Department before the Department will enter into Grant Deed for the project.
What are the reporting requirements?
- The successful applicants will be required to provide:
- Progress reports covering the activities conducted and progress against outputs in the first 6 months of each calendar year by 15 August each year.
- Annual reports by 15 February each year, covering:
- the activities conducted and progress against outputs in the last 6 months of each calendar year,
- overall project status for the end of each calendar year, and
- performance against the performance indicators set out in Schedule 4 of the Grant Deed template.
- Financial acquittal reports outlining financial performance by 15 August each year.
- A final report on the project by 15 August 2023.
Is there an obligation for the applicant to acknowledge the Queensland Government’s support?
- Yes. Following the announcement of the award the applicant must acknowledge Queensland Government funding in its annual report, any public statements and promotional materials relating to the project.
Announcing successful applications
When can RICF recipients openly discuss their awards?
- The RICF award must be kept confidential until it is announced by the Queensland Government. Applicants must not make any media statements or public announcements until this time, but will be able to publicly discuss and promote their award after it has been announced by the Queensland Government.
Will feedback be provided to unsuccessful applicants?
- Yes. Feedback will be provided to the applicant.