Science
Business

Australia-China Science & Research Fund

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports activities undertaken through Joint Research Centres (JRCs). These virtual centres link Australian and Chinese research institutions doing research in a priority area.

The priority areas for round 4 of the program are:

Food and agribusiness

  • agritech
  • supply chains
  • future food and their regulation

Digital technology

  • medical technologies including services and aged care
  • financial technology
  • big data

Energy and resources

  • new energy (renewables)
  • hydrogen
  • energy storage and supply
  • mineral exploration

Advanced materials

  • biomedical metal materials such as titanium and magnesium alloys
  • graphene technology
  • high-performance structure and composites

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Business

Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants

Funder:  Amazon

Grant Background: Amazon Australia presents Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants, an initiative to recognise innovation by Australian start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMBs. Five grant packages will be awarded.

 The Amazon Launchpad Innovation Grants include:

  • An exclusive Amazon SMB experience– Exclusive access to Amazon leadership from Australia and HQ in Seattle, access to Amazon’s start-up and entrepreneur experts, time with successful e-commerce savvy Australian SMBs, insights from angel investors in the Venture Capital community, and exclusive networking opportunities
  • Amazon Advertising display credits– to promote the winning product on Amazon.com.au
  • Credits through the AWS Activate program- which also provides access to technical support and training to help founders grow their business
  • Seller Spotlight feature placement– on the Amazon Launchpad Homepage

All you need to do is answer the question, “Share what makes your product innovative and/or how you’re being innovative at this time?”

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Business

Corporate Travel Grant

Funder:  Flight Centre

Grant Background: At Flight Centre Business Travel, they know firsthand the pressures that are placed on emerging and small to medium businesses every day and they aim to make your business travel easy. Their Corporate Travel Grant is another way they want to help you achieve your business goals sooner.

Upload a 1-2 minute video with your answers to the below questions;

  1. What does travel mean for your business?
  2.  What will this Travel Grant allow you to do

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Business

Manufacturing Efficiency Funding

Funder:  NSW – Energy

Grant Background: The NSW Government is offering over $16 million in funding to help manufacturing businesses save energy and money.

The funding will help you:

  • upgrade energy monitoring systems
  • replace or retrofit old, inefficient equipment
  • install new energy efficient equipment
  • improve manufacturing processes.

If you’re successful, you’ll get up to $120,000 in matched funding per site, to implement a project that saves gas or electricity.

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Business

Building Partnerships Grants

Funder:  NSW – Jobs for NSW

Grant Background: Building Partnerships grants help revenue generating startups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) scale or grow strategically through the acquisition of a key customer or channel to market.

Building Partnership grants require start-ups or SMEs to have an innovative solution that addresses a market gap or opportunity and the collaboration of a consortium of partners.

The goals of the program are to enable a start-up or an existing SME with a growth plan to:

  • expand or pivot an innovative product or solution
  • acquire a major customer
  • deliver at scale
  • or build access to a new market.

Eligible businesses can receive up to 35% of the approved project costs. The approved project costs may include:

  • further developing a product and/or solution
  • progressing early stage commercialisation i.e. product training or product testing
  • acquiring and retaining talent.

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Business

Business Growth Grants

Funder:  Federal – Business

Grant Background: If you have received a business management service and your business adviser/facilitator recommends specific business improvement activities to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries, you can apply for a business growth grant.

Business growth grants are small grants to engage external expertise to help you implement the recommendations in your plan. The grant amount is up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

The grant is available to support strategies that improve the abilities and skills of your business to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries. It is not intended to support fixes for problems that are part of ordinary, everyday operations of your business.

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Business

Landing Pads Program

Funder:  Federal – Austrade

Grant Background: Landing Pads are an initiative of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.

The program will establish Landing Pads within global innovation hubs, including San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore.

Australian market-ready startups will have the opportunity to be immersed in an environment that will help them accelerate the design and development of their product or service business model by exploring in-market business development, investment, mentorship and strategic partnership opportunities.

The program will provide successful applicants with a workspace for up to 90 days within an established startup accelerator, giving you the opportunity to work alongside some of the best startup enterprises from around the world and access to an ecosystem of talent, advice and solutions.

You will have access to all the services offered by the accelerator including coaching, introductions to mentors, investors and customers, training opportunities, tailored networking events and state-of-the-art workspace facilities.

An Austrade Landing Pad coordinator based in the market will also provide you with:

  • guidance on identifying and targeting customers
  • advice on how to access angel investors, venture capital and other potential sources of investment
  • introductions to local government agencies offering support programs for new businesses and startups
  • advice on how to leverage networks in the market to meet with peers, decision makers and influencers
  • referrals to professional services and advisory firms
  • advice on how to negotiate the local business culture.

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Business

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

Funder:  Federal – Business

Grant Background: The BRII program provides small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with grant funding to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges.

The program covers up to five challenges for which SMEs can develop solutions.

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Business, Rural & Regional

Regional Solutions

Funder:  NSW – Jobs

Grant Background: The NSW Government has developed a comprehensive package of initiatives to support regional growth. I recommend you check out their website to see what is on offer and to check out the specifics of the:

  • Local Innovation Network
  • Regional Investment Attraction Package
  • $2000 Start-Up Travel Stipend
  • Regional Jobs Now Portfolio

Surely there will be something there that could benefit your business, create jobs and grow your local economy.

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Arts & Creative, Business, Education

Australia-ASEAN Grant Round 2019-20

Funder:  Federal – Foreign Affairs & Trade

Grant Background: Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) grants generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in Southeast Asia.

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