Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) - Proof of Concept

Supports Australian businesses to develop innovative solutions that address government challenges.

  • Status: Closed
  • Delivered by: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


Current status as at June 2017:

The program is only open to customers who successfully completed the feasibility study grant component of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative and are now applying for a further grant to complete the Proof of Concept component for the same challenge.

In March 2017 Minister Sinodinos issued a media release announcing the 20 successful feasibility study grant recipients for development of innovative solutions to public sector challenges.

Further information

The Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) encourages SMEs to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges.

SMEs were invited to submit proposals to address specific challenges by 30 November 2016. The selected businesses received grants of up to $100,000 to complete a feasibility study of their proposed solution within three months. Businesses that successfully complete a feasibility study are now eligible to apply for a further grant of up to $1 million to develop a proof of concept within 18 months.

Businesses will keep the intellectual property (IP) rights to their solutions for future worldwide sales.

What are the five challenges?

The five challenges are:

What support or funding is available?

We provided grants of up to $100,000 for successful applicants to conduct feasibility studies on their proposed solution to a specific challenge.

Customers that completed their feasibility study can now apply for a grant of up to $1 million to develop a proof of concept addressing the same challenge.

Who can apply?

To apply for a feasibility study or proof of concept grant, you must:

  • have completed a BRII feasibility study and be either:
    • 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.

Joint applications are acceptable, as long as you have an eligible lead applicant who is the primary project proponent.

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).

What are the merit criteria?

We assess applications against merit criteria. All merit criteria are of equal weighting.

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.

We may refuse to consider your application if it is the same as or very similar to a previous ineligible or unsuccessful application.

How do I apply?

Before applying you should read the:

  • programme guidelines
  • grant agreement.

To apply:

  • you need to complete the online application on the I'm ready to apply tab provide all the information required for us to assess your application
  • address all eligibility and merit criteria
  • include all mandatory attachments.

How will I know if I am successful?

If you are successful, we will make an offer to you in writing. If you are unsuccessful, we will let you know in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

How will payments be made?

Grants for proof of concept will be paid in instalments:

  • an initial payment when the project starts
  • further payments on successful completion of agreed milestones.

Key documents

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