2017 Annual Competitive Call for Expressions of Interest
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address the priority areas nominated by the Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and the FRDC Subprograms.
A list of priorities areas for 2017 has now been finalised following the annual stakeholder workshop and discussions key stakeholders.
The first call for applications closed on 15 Feburary 2017. These applications are currently being evaluated by the relevant RAC, IPA or Sub-program with decisions on funding to be made at the FRDC Board meeting in April 2017.
The next call for applications will be made in April 2017.
The Application Process
The FRDC will evaluate applications based on two levels of assessment:
- Greater than $175,000 (incl GST) assessed by the FRDC Board. This will occur at the April, August and November board meetings.
- Less than $175,000 (incl GST) and considered low risk, assessed by the FRDC. An application can be submitted at any time where an RAC, subprogram or IPA wishes to address an issue. These projects must have a budget of less than $175,000 and be considered a low risk by the FRDC.
A summary of the process is as follows:
The FIRST CALL for applications will be posted in November.
- Closing date for applications is 15 February.
- Applications will be assessed by the RACs, subprograms and IPAs in March.
- The FRDC will assess these applications in April and notify applicants in April–May.
The SECOND CALL for applications will be developed in April, as required, following the RAC, subprogram and IPA meetings.
- Closing date for applications is 15 June.
- Applications will be assessed by the RACs, subprograms and IPAs in July.
- The FRDC will assess these applications in August and notify applicants in August–September.
The THIRD CALL for applications will be developed in August, as required, following the RAC, subprogram and IPA meetings.
- Closing date for applications is 15 September.
- Applications will be assessed by the RACs, subprograms and IPAs in October.
- The FRDC will assess these applications in November and notify applicants in November–December.
If in doubt, check with the FRDC's project managers - see Advisory Group page.
The Evaluation Process
All applications are evaluated against the same criteria as outlined in the Application evaluation procedure.
The FRDC’s main funding mechanism is the (Annual) Competitive Round that comprises the three calls outlined above.
Below provides an indicative overview of the application process for this form of competitive funding.
There are a number steps to initiating your application and getting assesed.
- Review the call for applications material and ensure that your research project aligns with priorities outlined with the call.
- Speak with the relevant advisory groups or FRDC Research Advisory Committee managers - see Advisory Group Page.
- Prepare your application (Expression of Interest - EOI) via Fishnet (www.fishnet.gov.au) and submit to the FRDC. Ensure that you meet the due date, as outlined above.
- The FRDC will then distribute your application to the relevant advisory bodies for review.
The application will then assessed by the FRDC for approval pathway (Board or Executive Director depending on application)
The FRDC will provide formal advice regarding the status of your application pending assessment.
It is important that once you have completed your EOI you must finalise it on FishNet so that FRDC receives notification that the application is submitted. Failure to do so may mean that your application is not submitted and therefore not considered.
If you have any questions or problems with Fishnet, please contact the FRDC by phone (02) 6285 0400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org