CSIRO Kick-Start

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Provides Australian start-ups and small to medium enterprises with matched funding of up to $50,000 to undertake research activities with CSIRO to grow and develop their business.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Company Number (ACN) and be registered for GST
  • have an annual turnover of less than $1.5 million, in the current and each of the two previous financial years, or
  • have been a registered company for less than three years.

Other eligibility requirements may apply

Deadline to apply:

Applications may be made at any time

Contact information:

(03) 9545 2617

George.Feast@csiro.au

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Overview

The CSIRO Kick-Start program provides matched funding to Australian start-ups and very small SME’s to undertake research activities with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), including:

  • researching a new idea with commercial potential
  • developing a novel or improved product or process
  • testing a novel product or material.

Matched funding of $10,000 to $50,000 is available. Businesses can apply for a second Kick-Start project after they complete the first, as long as the total funding they receive doesn't exceed $50,000.

Funding can be used to cover the costs of undertaking the project, including:

  • salary and on-costs of researcher(s)
  • travel and accommodation (if required)
  • administrative / overhead costs
  • external facilities access / services / contractor costs.

Funding may not be used for capital works and expenditure or infrastructure costs.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an Australian Company Number (ACN)
  • be registered for GST
  • have your primary place of business within Australia
  • demonstrate the ability to match the funding dollar or dollar
  • have an annual turnover of less than $1.5 million, in the current and each of the two previous financial years, or
  • have been a registered company for less than three years.

Eligibility criteria also apply to the proposed project.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria at CSIRO Kick-Start.

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply at CSIRO Kick-Start.

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