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Business

Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grant

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: This program aims to help businesses enhance their automotive product design and development process. It will do this by supporting activities at specialised facilities and service organisations, including:

  • designing
  • prototyping
  • testing

Australian businesses can benefit from the program’s objectives to support:

  • access to automotive test facilities
  • access to design and prototyping services
  • new automotive product development
  • enhanced business capability
  • building capacity to deliver diversified products
  • building capacity to supply products to local and international markets.

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Agriculture

Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement 2020

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) 2020 program operates under a treaty-level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments. The agreement was signed in 1984 to enhance cooperation across agricultural industries, develop the trading relationship and provide a forum for the mutual exchange of scientific information between the two countries.

The beneficiaries of the ACACA grant opportunity are Australian agriculture, fisheries, meat, forestry, regulatory, biosecurity and food safety industries, organisations, businesses and individuals, including their respective industry or sectors, who are seeking to enhance cooperation between Australia and China.

There are two funding streams available:

Stream 1 must be for an eligible project activity undertaken in Australia and/or China.

Stream 2 must be for a trade mission to China only.

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Agriculture, Business

Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) Program 2020

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation Program is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to modernise agricultural trade and grow agricultural exports.

The objective of the program is to open, improve and/or maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations.

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Business

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The $50 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund supports manufacturers to modernise, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create more jobs by co-funding capital investments and associated reskilling.

Modernisation can include technology upgrades, efficiency upgrades, such as energy or process optimisation, or more transformative changes to your business, which will allow you to produce new products or diversify into new markets.

The program aims to:

  • support investment in efficient and transformative manufacturing processes by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • support jobs growth and a more highly skilled workforce in the manufacturing sector.

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Agriculture

2020 Science & Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers, innovators and others active in agriculture with original projects that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.  The Science Awards have already helped 250 young Australians make their ideas a reality and showcase their talent to the world.

There are eleven industry Science Award categories open for applications: biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); fisheries and aquaculture; forest and wood products; grains; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

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Agriculture, Business

Coles Nurture Fund

Funder: Coles

Grant Background: In April 2015, Coles launched the Nurture Fund to help small to medium Australian producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.

From frozen raspberries and chickpea tofu to quinoa processing and cloud technology, the Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) is supporting businesses to develop new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes. They aim to drive differentiation, extend growing seasons, improve productivity and reduce imports.

Through the Nurture Fund, existing small to medium businesses may apply for funding to enable them to take the next step in creating value for business and customers.

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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

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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Agriculture, Environmental, Rural & Regional

National Landcare Program: Smart Farming Partnerships Round 2

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Smart Farming Partnerships is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support substantial, complex projects that are to be delivered in consortium partnerships to trial, develop and implement innovative tools and practices.

The purpose of Smart Farming Partnerships is to foster sustainable natural resource management innovation. Smart Farming Partnerships deliver against the Australian Government’s policy of using innovation to cultivate more sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture, forestry, fishing and aquaculture industries; protect Australia’s biodiversity; protect and improve the condition of natural resources (in particular on-farm soils, water and vegetation); and assist Australia to meet its national and international obligations.

The purpose will be achieved through substantial projects, funded, at least in part, by grants, that deliver against either or both of the outcomes:

  • Outcome 1 – Innovation in sustainable resource management practice
  • Outcome 2 – Innovation in capacity building and promotion of sustainable resource management practice.

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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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