Territory Innovation Challenges Program

If you’re a business, research or training organisation and want to join other organisations to help solve a challenge set by the Northern Territory (NT) Government, you can apply for the Territory Innovation Challenges Program.

If the solution you put forward is picked as the winning entry, you get the chance to negotiate a contract to procure the solution with the government.

If the government procures your solution, it will also support you to sell your solution to other buyers in local and export markets.

What you can get

The winner will get:

  • the chance to negotiate a procurement contract with the NT Government and
  • $100,000 seed funding once a procurement contract is finalised.

How it works

During the program, the following process will take place:

The NT Government defines a challenge to solve the needs of one or more agencies.

Challenges include:

  • a problem statement
  • timeframe
  • judging criteria.

Challenges will be published on the innovation website.

You must form a cluster to submit a solution to a challenge. This means partnering with:

  • two or more NT businesses
  • at least one research organisation
  • any other organisations needed to deliver the solution.

They can be public or private.

Applications will be competitively reviewed by an NT Government judging panel. Applications will be assessed against certain criteria set out in the challenge and the terms and conditions.

If your solution is picked as the winner, your cluster will have the opportunity to:

  • develop a detailed business plan and
  • negotiate a procurement contract with the NT Government.

The procurement contract will set out the conditions and timeframe for payment.

Once the government has received independent advice on your business plan and contract negotiations are completed to meet the needs of all parties, the procurement contract will be signed.

Once it's signed, the government will provide you with $100,000 early seed funding to develop your solution.

Your cluster will develop your solution in line with the terms and conditions of the contract.

During development, you must comply with:

  • the Buy Local Plan when sourcing material and labour
  • ICAC Act 2017
  • any other government requirements.

Your product will be tested in the testing environment agreed in the procurement contract.

This ensures that:

  • the product suitably addresses the challenge requirements and
  • you can do further development and improvements if needed.

Once the product is successfully tested, the government will use your solution to solve the challenge based on the terms of the procurement contract.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you must read and understand the terms and conditions.

Territory Innovation Challenges Program terms and conditions PDF (265.6 KB)
Territory Innovation Challenges Program terms and conditions DOCX (194.2 KB)

How to apply

To apply for the first challenge, go to the NT innovation website.

Applications will be accepted directly through the specific challenge page.


For more information, email innovation@nt.gov.au.

You can also find resources to help with innovation on the NT innovation website.

Last updated: 21 June 2022

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