Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Translation Stream


The Manufacturing Translation Stream provides businesses with funding to support projects that translate high quality research into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and be more competitive and resilient. It provides co-funding to support businesses to adopt new technologies and improve their manufacturing processes to boost productivity and competitiveness.

There will be 6 grant opportunities under the Manufacturing Translation Stream that align with the National Manufacturing Priorities.

The National Manufacturing Priorities are:

  • Space - Currently open for applications. Applications close 22 March 2021 5PM AEDT
  • Medical Products - Currently open for applications. Applications close 29 March 2021 5PM AEDT
  • Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing - Applications will open for this sector in the coming weeks.
  • Food and Beverage - Applications will open for this sector in the coming weeks.
  • Recycling and Clean Energy - Applications will open for this sector in the coming weeks.
  • Defence - Applications will open for this sector in the coming weeks.
Open
Application detail:

Application dates may vary for each National Manufacturing Priority.

What do you get?

Co-funding grants of between $1 million to $20 million, up to 50% of the eligible project expenditure.

Who is this for?

Businesses with projects to translate research into new or improved products or manufacturing processes with eligible expenditure of over $2 million.

Overview


The Manufacturing Translation Stream will support projects that aid the translation of high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and become more competitive and resilient. It will support businesses to adopt new technologies and improve their manufacturing processes to boost productivity and competitiveness.

The objectives of the Manufacturing Translation Stream are to:

  • support Australian manufacturing businesses and entrepreneurs to translate and commercialise good ideas into new and enhanced commercial outcomes including new high-quality products and services and solutions
  • encourage manufacturers to adopt new technologies and develop new processes and innovative solutions to build scale and capability
  • support Australian manufacturers to grow and build scale and overcome challenges facing their sector (as outlined in the relevant priority road map)
  • create new jobs in the manufacturing sector
  • support Australian manufacturers to pivot to high value-added activities
  • attract investment, including venture capital investment to develop ideas and translate research into commercial solutions and outcomes
  • increase manufacturing capability, expertise and specialisations, business acumen, knowledge diffusion and stimulate innovation in Australian manufacturing
  • grow and support manufacturing networks and ecosystems and increase collaboration.

The intended outcomes of the Manufacturing Translation Stream are to:

  • increase number of businesses and manufacturers translating their research and ideas into commercial products, services and solutions
  • increase investment including from venture capitalists in commercialisation and translation activities, focused in the National Manufacturing Priority areas
  • establish and expansd new and existing modern manufacturing businesses in the National Manufacturing Priority areas with sustainable business growth
  • increase manufacturing exports and value of the manufacturing sector to the economy
  • grow high value skills and jobs in the National Manufacturing Priority areas
  • develop a global and international reputation as a country with a growing modern manufacturing sector and capability.

The Modern Manufacturing Strategy

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative is a key element of the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which aims to help Australian manufacturers scale-up, compete internationally and create jobs.

There are 3 Modern Manufacturing Initiative funding streams:

  • The Manufacturing Integration Stream: this stream helps Australian manufacturers to access domestic and global supply chains and produce and distribute quality products and high value services into them
  • The Manufacturing Translation Stream: this stream helps Australian manufacturers translate high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes.
  • The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream: this stream will open for applications in the future.

Learn more about the Modern Manufacturing Strategy.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be non-tax-exempt
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)

and be:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia, including start-ups and a trading corporation, where your trading activities:
    • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
    • are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

You must also:

  • be able to demonstrate your project aligns with one of the National Manufacturing Priorities
  • have a minimum of $2 million in eligible project expenditure
  • be able to provide evidence that your project is supported by your board (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no board)
  • be able to provide evidence that you can meet the costs of the project not covered by the grant funding.

The Grant opportunity guidelines provide further detail on eligibility.

Applying


How do you apply for your National Manufacturing Priority?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Please note, the Evidence of support from your Board and Accountant Declaration (mandatory attachments to your application) must be submitted on the approved/mandatory template available on this webpage.

Apply now for the Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Translation Stream

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • read the sample application form

Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Information session


Modern Manufacturing Initiative Information Session

 

This information session provides an overview of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative - Manufacturing Translation and Integration streams, including eligibility requirements and key points from the assessment criteria. It will also provide some general tips for presenting a strong application.

CSIRO is supporting the implementation of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy


As Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO works with industry to conduct research based on multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities and uses world-class infrastructure. By partnering with businesses, CSIRO helps to develop innovative products and processes that allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable.

Learn more about how CSIRO’s research and development expertise aligns strongly with the National Manufacturing Priorities:

Alignment of CSIRO’s Research and Development with the National Manufacturing Priority areas

CSIRO offers access to our state-of-the-art facilities and expert technicians to work with companies to support innovation. For example

  • Testing and Certification services – we provide a range of commercial innovation services that help your business benefit from research solutions. We can help you find a practical solution that can be the difference between success and failure.
  • Our FloWorks facility enables businesses to see if their operations can be improved by flow chemistry. Flow chemistry radically improves existing chemical processes allowing for rapid, reduced waste production of chemicals.
  • Biomedical Materials Translational Facility – helps MedTech companies turn discoveries into market ready products. It contains the equipment to develop a product though scale-up, prototyping, pre-clinical testing and industry evaluation.
  • Recombinant Protein Production Facility – provides Australian veterinary and pharmaceutical biotech companies with access to state-of-the-art facilities for protein production, process development and optimisation.
  • Food Innovation Centre – food, ingredient and equipment manufacturing companies access expertise, technologies and support - adopting innovative technologies, improving process efficiency to create high value products for new markets.

Find out more about CSIRO’s work and how it might help your business:

  • Working with CSIRO – Information on CSIRO’s manufacturing research and development areas, and how you can work with CSIRO to improve manufacturing processes, develop new products, and explore new ideas to grow your business.
  • CSIRO’s commercialisation marketplace – Explore our pipeline of investment and partnership opportunities as well as a range of licensing options to catalyse innovation and create competitive advantage
  • CSIRO’s futures reports – CSIRO’s future insights and reports to address challenging strategic and technical problems for businesses.
  • COVID -19 Recovery and Resilience Report (CSIRO) – One of CSIRO-Futures Reports, focusing on the unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunities for job growth using science and technology.

Contact us

If you’re interested in discussing your business’ needs with CSIRO, phone 1300 363 400 or connect via www.csiro.au/

National Manufacturing Priorities


Space


Australia's reputation as a reliable and high-value manufacturing nation positions us to achieve excellence in Australian space manufacturing. It will allow us to:

  • build a competitive edge in key space activities
  • create platforms for exports
  • meet emerging critical national needs.

Learn more about the Space National Manufacturing road map.

Space National Manufacturing Priority - Grant opportunity guidelines

Space National Manufacturing Priority - Sample application form

Space National Manufacturing Priority - Sample grant agreement

Space National Manufacturing Priority - Board CEO letter template

Space National Manufacturing Priority - Accountant declaration template

Medical Products


Quality medical products are at the centre of a healthy society. They can also be the centrepiece of a dynamic economy. They do this by translating smart ideas into globally competitive manufactured products.

Medical products make a significant contribution to Australia’s economic prosperity. Some of Australia’s most innovative commercial successes are from this sector.

Australian medical products making a global impact include the:

  • cochlear implant
  • green whistle
  • cervical cancer vaccine.

Learn more about the Medical Products National Manufacturing road map.

Medical Products Manufacturing Priority - Grant opportunity guidelines

Medical Products Manufacturing Priority - Sample application form

Medical Products Manufacturing Priority - Sample grant agreement

Medical Products Manufacturing Priority - Board CEO letter template

Medical Products Manufacturing Priority - Accountant declaration template