Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

At a glance

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Provides small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with grant funding to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • and be one of the following entities:
    • a company, incorporated in Australia
    • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    • an individual or partnership, provided you agree to form a company incorporated in Australia to enter into a grant agreement
  • and have a turnover of less than $20 million for each of the last three years.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) Pilot Round 2 program provides small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with grant funding to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges.

The program covers up to five challenges for which SMEs can develop solutions. These challenges are listed in the program guidelines and proposed by Australian Government agencies.

The total grant funding for the program per round is:

  • $2 million for feasibility studies
  • $10 million for proofs of concept.

The program has three stages:

  1. Challenge selection
  2. Feasibility study
  3. Proof of concept.

Stage 1 Challenge Selection

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology approved the following 5 challenges for Round 2:

Stage 2 Feasibility study

Stage 2 is open for small to medium sized enterprises to apply to conduct a feasibility study.

The maximum grant amount for feasibility studies is $100,000 with a maximum grant period of three months.

Challenge agencies assess and rank applications against the merit criteria. Innovation and Science Australia then assess applications, consider the challenge agency assessment and recommend which projects to fund. Finally, the Program Delegate approves recommended applications for funding. Successful SMEs conduct feasibility studies.

If you successfully complete your feasibility study, you can apply for a proof of concept grant.

Stage 3 Proof of concept

The maximum grant amount is $1 million with a maximum grant period of 18 months.

Those grantees that successfully complete the feasibility study will be able to apply for the proof of concept stage.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • and be one of the following entities:
    • a company, incorporated in Australia
    • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    • an individual or partnership, provided you agree to form a company incorporated in Australia to enter into a grant agreement
  • and have a turnover of less than $20 million for each of the last three years. This includes the turnover of any related bodies corporate. If an Australian university or public sector research organisation controls your company, your turnover must be less than $20 million for each of the last three years. Newly established companies are welcome to apply.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an income tax exempt corporation
  • an individual or partnership (however, an individual or partnership may apply if they agree to form an eligible corporation before signing a grant agreement)
  • a trust (however, a corporation that is a corporate trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, state or local government agency or body (including government business enterprises).

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

Merit criterion 1: Extent to which the proposed solution meets the challenge

  • How the proposed solution will meet the challenge.
  • How the proposed solution is different to what is already in the market.

Merit criterion 2: Market opportunity

  • The market need for the proposed solution within government.
  • The future commercial potential of the solution in domestic and/or international markets.

Merit criterion 3: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project

  • Your track record managing similar projects and access to personnel with the right skills and experience.
  • You access, or future access to, any infrastructure, capital equipment, technology and intellectual property.
  • A sound project plan to manage and monitor the project and risks.
  • Your project budget.

How to apply

The Business Research and Innovation Initiative is currently closed to applications.

How we assess applications

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers.

The Program Delegate will make the final decision on which applicants receive grants.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

For the feasibility study grant, we will pay 100 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. You will be required to report how you spent the grant funds at the completion of the project.

If you apply and are successful for a proof of concept grant, we will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments will be subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Information sessions

Information sessions were offered to assist you to understand the program and the challenges that have been proposed. You can view information session videos to find out more about BRII Round 2.

  • View the BRII program presentation 
  • Fast and secure digital identity verification for people experiencing family and domestic violence
    View BRII Challenge 1: summary | full video
  • Intelligent data to transform tourism service delivery
    View BRII Challenge 2: summary | full video
  • Uplifting government capability to help deliver world-leading digital services
    View BRII Challenge 3: summary | full video
  • Managing the biosecurity of hitchhiking pests and contaminants on shipping containers
    View BRII Challenge 4: summary | full video
  • Automating complex determinations for Australian Government information.
    View BRII Challenge 5: summary | full video

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines - Feasibility Study
  • Grant opportunity guidelines - Proof of Concept
  • Factsheet - Business Research and Innovation Initiative
  • Factsheet - Fast and secure digital identity verification for people experiencing family and domestic violence
  • Factsheet - Intelligent data to transform tourism service delivery
  • Factsheet - Uplifting government capability to help deliver world-leading digital services
  • Factsheet - Managing the biosecurity of hitchhiking pests and contaminants on shipping containers
  • Factsheet - Automating complex determinations for Australian Government information
  • Sample grant agreement - Feasibility
  • Feasibility study report template
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Letter of support template
  • Financial turnover declaration

Grant recipients

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