Earth Observation for the NT grant program

The Earth Observation for the Northern Territory (EO4NT) program supports businesses that develop applications using EO data.

The application must show how it uses EO data to:

  • solve problems or
  • improve business performance and productivity.

You can use any combination of data from any source. However, successful applicants will also get technical support from Geoscience Australia for their EO data platform, Digital Earth Australia.

Changes to the 2022 program

Changes have been made to the program to make it easier to apply.

The changes mean:

  • you no longer need to have an established partnership with an end user at the application stage
  • you can use any data source to develop your solution.

Who can apply

You can apply if you're a business or university that meets all of the following:

  • hold a valid Australian business number
  • will work with an end user of your solution at some point during the development process
  • are financially able to fund the remaining cost of the project if your application is successful
  • are technically able to deliver the project
  • have a history of compliance with all legal requirements and is fully compliant from the application date.

If you're made up of two or more organisations, one must be the lead applicant.

Who can't apply

You can't apply if you're any of the following:

  • government agency
  • government owned or controlled body
  • statutory corporation.

However, you can work with these organisations as an end user for your solution.

How to find a challenge

The NT Government can connect you with industry associations, local organisations and other potential end users to help you find an industry challenge to solve.

NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Bushfires NT have ready-made challenges for you to solve.

Read the challenges and connect with their end users.

EO4NT challenges PDF (320.5 KB)
EO4NT challenges DOCX (148.5 KB)

If you need assistance with introductions to end users contact the Industry Strategy team on 08 8999 2106 or email

What can be funded

Funding will be given to projects that:

  • propose a solution to a particular challenge in any industry in the NT
  • can demonstrate the potential for commercial viability.

Your project must also:

  • clearly demonstrate the benefit to the NT
  • include a project plan with clear milestones, an explanation of technical viability and budget.

Projects may have a development period of about 6 months, although commercialisation may take longer. This is entirely dependent on the proposed project.

How to apply

Applications open on Monday 22 August 2022.

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1. Read the terms and conditions and program overview.

EO4NT program terms and conditions  PDF (917.4 KB)
EO4NT program terms and conditions DOCX (677.5 KB)

EO4NT program overview PDF (477.9 KB)
EO4NT program overview DOCX (59.6 KB)

Step 2. Apply online through GrantsNT website.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 17 October 2022.

After you apply

Your project will be assessed and you will be advised of the outcome by email.

Projects are assessed against certain criteria and given a rating against each one.

Success depends on:

  • the ratings you score and
  • whether your project aligns with the program objectives.

The project is also subject to final approval by the NT Government and Geoscience Australia.

During the process, you may be asked to provide more information.


For questions about the application process, contact the Territory Business Centre on 1800 193 111 or email

To speak with Geoscience Australia about support for Digital Earth Australia, email

Last updated: 20 September 2022

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