Research and Innovation Fund

The LGNSW Research and Innovation Fund supports 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 in the sector.

The LGNSW Board has allocated $50,000 to the Fund in 2019/20 for a new research project that drives innovation in the sector.

Expressions of Interest for the Research and Innovation Fund 2019/20 are now open.

Councils (including Joint Organisations and ROCs) are invited to:

1. Put forward your good ideas – fields of research eligible in 2019/20 are water management, infrastructure, environment, economy and community/social. We are also encouraging universities to engage with councils to scope projects that advance innovation. EOI’s are due by 25th September 2019.

2. Become a project partner - once applications close, our Advisory Committee will review the projects based on the Fund’s criteria (see Information Pack). Short-listed projects will be announced at the LGNSW Annual Conference in October, where applicants will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas and generate potential partnerships with other councils.

Following further sector consultation, the Advisory Committee will announce the successful project in November 2019.

For more information on the Research and Innovation Fund, read the Information Pack.

To submit a proposal, complete the Expression of Interest Form.

To discuss your ideas with LGNSW, contact Jennifer James, Service Development Consultant on or 02 9242 4185.

Building Council + University Collaboration

LGNSW encourages councils to work with a university partner that offers the best access to relevant expertise. If you are looking to discuss your research idea and haven’t yet identified a university partner, then this list of university contacts may assist.

Macquarie University

Dr Lucy Taksa
Professor of Management
Director, Centre for Workforce Futures
Macquarie Business School

02 9850 4811
University of New England
further information
Lewis Kahn
Professor and Associate Dean - Research Faculty of Science
School of Environmental and Rural Science
0427 711 273
University of NSW Tamara Lions
Senior Policy and Government Relations Officer
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise)
0451 003 150
University of Sydney Katie Richmond
External Engagement Manager, Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships, Research Portfolio
0430 722 819
University of Technology Sydney
further information
Sophi Bruce
Senior Program Specialist Leadership UTS Centre for Local Government
0410 204 408
University of Wollongong Dr Robert Gorkin
Associate Professor – Australian Institute of Innovative Materials
0401 071 021
Western Sydney University Dr Michaela Tymichova
Business Development Officer
Research Engagement,
Development and Innovation (REDI),
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
Research and Innovation
0405 504 313