Sandpit to Seed Funding

Are you a James Cook University researcher looking for funding support to help push your idea towards commercialisation and creating impact?

Are you a James Cook University researcher working on an exciting idea or research outcome related to the agriculture and food industry, climate change, technology adaptation, land and soil management, or community well-being and resilience? 

With support from James Cook University, we are providing up to $50,000 through Sandpit to Seed Funding for Proof of Concept, Prototype or Minimum Viable Product (MVP) development, that meet the TNQ Drought Hub priorities (read the complete list here):

  • Drought and climate change adaptation
  • Land and soil management
  • Innovation and technology
  • Enhancing skills and human capacity
  • Enhancing Sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resilience

Sandpit to Seed funding enables the intellectual properties and technologies that will have a genuine impact on building resilience within Tropical North Queensland and beyond with the intent of progressing commercially viable research ideas.

Submit your Expression of Interest

Register your idea for funding via an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Dr Mohammad Farjoo by email.

The EOI will be reviewed, and then the approved EOI will be invited to submit Full Applications.

It is highly recommended to contact Dr Farjoo before submitting your EOI for advice and assistance regarding eligibility, budgeting and support in the preparation of your application.



Submit your Expression of Interest by COB, Monday 17 July 2023

So Far...

L-R A/Prof Lionel Hebbard, Luke Deacon and Dr Craig McFarlane.

“The Sandpit to Seed fund has been critical for our team to further develop our business model. It has enabled the team to acquire important infrastructure and to conduct crucial experimental work to improve the Technology Level Readiness of our potential products. Through Sandpit to Seed support we have been able to identify potential collaboration partners and customers. This will hold us in good stead to be successful in commercial funding from traditional grant funding and/or start-up investment funding”. 
Associate Professor Lionel Hebbard: Accelerating clean fish – meat production at scale.