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Entrepreneurs' Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme uses experienced Advisers and Facilitators, drawn from industry, to ensure businesses get the advice and support needed to improve their competitiveness, productivity and to seek growth opportunities. Practical support for businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs includes: advice from people with relevant private sector experience, co-funded grants to commercialise novel intellectual property in the form of new products, processes and services, funding to take advantage of growth opportunities, and connection and collaboration opportunities.

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Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund SA

  • Open

Provides South Australian researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses with matched funding of between $20,000 and $2 million to support collaboration and the commercialisation of new products and services.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a South Australian-based legal entity (including businesses, not-for-profits, industry associations, universities, independent and state government research institutes)
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • be financially viable

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

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Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative

  • Closed

Provides the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership with $5 million per year for ten years to support science and research priorities, particularly those relating to climate science, in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Who can apply

At a minimum, you must:    

  • be an entity incorporated in Australia
  • have an Australian Business Number
  • be authorised to represent the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership

Other eligibility requirements apply.

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Priority Sector Collaborative Grants NT

  • Open

Provides Northern Territory consortia with staged matched funding of up to $1 million to help with the costs of building common-use infrastructure, services or data.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, your business must:

  • have a significant presence in the Northern Territory
  • have high growth and job creation potential
  • be registered for corporate and tax purposes in Australia

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

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Collaborative Exploration Initiative

  • Closed

Provides businesses with industry grants of up to $200,000 for direct drilling and non-drilling activities in under-explorer parts of north-west Queensland, with an additional incentive of up to $100,000 for early completion of the project.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have granted tenure
  • target resources in the North West Queensland Minerals Province
  • have public liability insurance covering the term of the project.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

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Innovation Connections

  • Open

Provides businesses with access to a highly skilled facilitator, for the purpose of reviewing the business’ research needs. If required, the facilitator will connect the business to expertise within the research sector and help to define a project scope. Up to $50,000 in matched funding support is available to the business, should it choose to fund the project with the recommendation of the facilitator.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a for-profit, non-tax exempt company who is registered for GST and operating in Australia for at least three consecutive years
  • have an annual turnover or operating expenditure between $1.5 million ($750,000 for remote Australia and Northern Australia) and $100 million
  • meet our Growth Sector eligibility criteria.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

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Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry Initiative (REDI)

  • Closed

Provides one service provider with $32 million to facilitate connections between industry, universities, registered training organisations and government entities and deliver mentoring and exchange programs for researchers.

Who can apply

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated in Australia

And be one of the following eligible bodies:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation (including businesses and not for profits).

Other eligibility requirements apply.

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Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme is a competitive, merit based grants programme that supports industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry, researchers and the community. All industry sectors and research disciplines can apply for funding and applications can be submitted during an open selection round.

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R&D Tax Incentive

  • Open

Provides a tax offset for some of a company's cost of doing eligible research and development (R&D) activities by reducing a company's income tax liability. Tax offsets of 43.5% or 38.5% are available for costs incurred on eligible activities depending on a company’s annual aggregated turnover. The 43.5% benefit is a refundable offset.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, applicants must:

  • be an incorporated company
  • be conducting eligible core R&D activities. These are defined in the legislation as being experiments that are guided by hypotheses and conducted for the purpose of generating new knowledge
  • have incurred eligible R&D expenditure or notional deductions of at least $20,000 (unless using a Research Service Provider or a Cooperative Research Centre).

This is a self-assessment programme. Further key eligibility requirements apply.


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Defence Cooperative Research Centres Program

  • Open

Provides Defence Cooperative Research Centres with funding to develop next generation technologies to future-proof Australia’s defence and national security capabilities.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a company incorporated in Australia (industry participant) or
  • be a Publically Funded Research Organisation (PFRO) or entity incorporated in Australia that conducts research and development (research participant).

Other eligibility requirements may apply.