Research and Innovation Fund

The aim of the LGNSW Research and Innovation Fund is to support new areas of research, policy development and innovation for the advancement of local government in NSW. Its purpose is to fill gaps in the evidence base, explore emerging issues, promote informed discussion and debate, and encourage the development of research capacity within the sector.

LGNSW have allocated seed funding for the first year of operations, and our intention is to leverage this investment by selecting projects of broad sector application and then seeking to attract council, industry and university partners.

Councils are invited to put forward proposals for new research, policy development and innovation with broad application for local government across NSW.

Expressions of Interest are due by COB Monday 15th October.

Workshops: Building Council+University Collaboration

These workshops are a showcase opportunity for each university to highlight a range of research capabilities that have applications for local government. Collaborative conversations will enable you to test potential projects and innovations, and we will explore the mechanics of how councils can best work with universities and LGNSW to progress their own research ideas.

  • University of Sydney – Friday 28th September 2018 9am-12pm
  • University of NSW – Friday 28th September 2018 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Western Sydney University – Tuesday 2nd October 2018 3pm-6pm
  • University of Sydney (Orange) – Monday 8th October 2018 11am-3pm

For more information and click to register here.

Lodging an Expression of Interest

Read our Information Pack to learn more about the process and the kinds of projects which will attract funding.

Please complete the following online form to lodge your Expression of Interest.

LGNSW has invited an advisory committee to assess the project proposals. The advisory committee will include the LGNSW President and two members of the LGNSW Board, one metropolitan General Manager and one regional General Manager, one research expert and the Chief Executive of LGNSW (or nominee).

Once successful proposals have been selected we will work with other project partners to complete a full project proposal and funding application.

Project Milestones

LGNSW is aiming to meet the following milestones in order to develop the project concept that can then be progressed by a university partner to apply for further funding by the end of 2018:

  • August – An Advisory Committee comprising LGNSW, Council and research representatives will be established to oversee the competitive allocation of funds
  • September - Expressions of interest will be invited from councils identifying projects that relate to research, policy development and innovation for the advancement of local government in NSW
  • October – University partners will be invited to engage with councils to match project concepts with active research experts
  • November – All councils will be invited to match contributions to the list of identified research projects, with the topic attracting the highest council funding commitment selected
  • December – The selected project will be developed into a proposal for the Australian Research Council Linkage Scheme.