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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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Medical Research Future Fund Frontier Health and Medical Research Program Stage One – Research Plan

  • Open

Provides medical researchers with up to $1 million to develop detailed research plans for significant research projects in the health and medical research sector that are innovative at a global level and have great potential to have a transformative impact on health care.

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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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.

Grants & assistance

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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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.

Grants & assistance

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.

Grants & assistance

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

  • Open

Provides Australian researchers with funding of up to $500,000 to support collaborative science and technology research projects with Indian counterparts that are of mutual benefit to Australia and India.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in appendix A
  • a Cooperative Research Centre
  • an other Australian incorporated entity.

You must also have a primary Indian partner that has submitted, or is in the process of submitting, a corresponding application to India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) or the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

Other eligibility requirements apply.

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Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

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.

Grants & assistance

Innovation Connect ACT

  • Open

Provides smaller technology businesses based in Canberra with matched funding of between $10,000 and $30,000 to help them develop innovative products and services.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an annual turnover of less than $2 million
  • be based in Canberra.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Grants & assistance

Biomedical Translation Bridge

  • Closed

Supports eligible organisations to fund and nurture early stage health and medical research ventures to reach proof-of-concept stage with potential to attract further capital and support.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • be incorporated in Australia,

and, in accordance with s24 of the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, you must 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.