Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

At a glance

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

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a non-tax exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
  • have an ABN
  • have turnover of less than $20 million for each of the last three years.
  • be able to show you can fund any project costs the grant doesn't cover.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

The BRII program is round based. BRII is funded to hold a new round every 2 years. Each round is made up of five new challenges.

  • Round 1 has closed.
  • Challenge nominations are being accepted by Australian Government agencies for Round 2 until 5:00pm AEDT 9 November 2018.
  • Round 2 is planned to open early 2019.

Contact information:

13 28 46

BRII@industry.gov.au

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

We are currently in stage 1 of Round 2, accepting challenge submissions from Australian Government agencies. Challenge submissions are being accepted until 5:00pm AEDT 9 November 2018.

Once the challenges are submitted, Innovation and Science Australia will assess and shortlist the challenges. The Minister will then decide and announce the successful challenges and stage 2 will open for small to medium sized enterprises to apply to conduct a feasibility study.

For more information about submitting a challenge, please read the Frequently Asked Questions for Challenge Agencies or email: BRII@industry.gov.au.

Stage 2 Feasibility study

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

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.

Twenty round 1 SMEs have successfully completed their feasibility study reports and nine SMEs are now developing proof of concept solutions.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • a non-tax exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or an individual or partnership, as long as you agree to form a non-tax exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) with which a grant agreement could be entered into.
  • have an ABN.
  • have 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.
  • be able to show you can fund any project costs the grant doesn't cover.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an income tax exempt corporation.
  • an individual or partnership unless you agree to form an eligible corporation that is non tax-exempt 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: Your capability and capacity to deliver the proposed solution to the challenge

  • Access to appropriately skilled and experienced personnel, including technical.
  • Access to infrastructure, capital equipment and technology.
  • Access to and/or the beneficial use of, any intellectual property (IP) necessary.
  • An appropriate timetable and budget for the development of the project.

Merit criterion 3: 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 4: Value for money of the proposed solution given the level of funding sought

  • The value for money of the proposed project activities to be undertaken.
  • Possible social and economic benefit of the proposed solution.

How to apply

You should read the program guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Program guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

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

Round 2 is planned to open in early 2019.

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 Minister will make the final decision on the 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.

For the proof of concept grant, we will pay in instalments once the deed of grant has been executed:

  • an initial payment at the commencement of the project
  • two further payments on successful completion of agreed milestones
  • the final 10 percent will be paid on submission of a completed project report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Programme guidelines
  • Sample grant agreement - Proof of Concept
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions

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