Tech Science Communication

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Capability Centres Grants

Funder:  Federal – Department of Industry

Grant Background: The Artificial Intelligence and Digital Capability Centres grants will provide for the establishment of AI and digital capability centres to drive the adoption and use of AI technologies by Australian businesses.

The objectives of establishing these Capability Centres are to:

  • establish a ‘front door’ for SMEs to access capabilities, expertise and innovative technologies to adopt, adapt, test and deploy AI technologies
  • foster collaboration and connect SMEs with opportunities to lift productivity and drive commercialisation
  • coordinate and drive the growth of Australia’s AI ecosystem
  • lift SME capabilities so they can confidently adopt AI solutions.

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Health, Rural & Regional

Provider Capability for First Nations Australians in Rural and Remote Communities

Funder:  NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission

Grant Background: The Provider Capability for First Nations Australians in Rural and Remote Communities grant aims to build the capacity and cultural responsiveness of NDIS providers to support First Nations Australians with disability in rural and remote regions of Australia, including those with complex needs and/or behaviours of concern. This grant also aims to build provider capacity and capability to engage with First Nations Australians and provide access to more appropriate disability services within community or to assist them in returning to community.

The overarching objective of the grant is to build the capacity of providers to meet NDIS registration obligations and deliver culturally responsive supports for First Nations Australians (NDIS participants) in rural and remote communities.

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Training and Support for NDIS Consumer Technical Experts

Funder:  NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission

Grant Background:  A consumer technical expert (CTE) is defined in the NDIS Guidelines 2018 as, ‘a person with disability who has the training, experience and skills to be involved in the audit team’. The NDIS Commission is focusing efforts to grow a suitably trained and skilled CTE workforce, delivering on the commitment to routinely include CTEs in AQA audit teams. This in turn will drive improvements in quality, safety, and innovation in the provision of NDIS services and supports to NDIS participants.

In particular, the NDIS Commission is interested in approaches that develop the capacity of people with disability to undertake CTE roles on audit teams of AQAs in accordance with the Guidelines, for the purposes of the Rules.

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CSIRO Kickstart

Funder:  CSIRO

Grant Background: Innovation is a major driver of business growth, however many start-ups and small businesses can often face barriers, such as lack of technical expertise or funding, when trying to access research and development (R&D) to explore new opportunities.

CSIRO’s Kick-Start program helps start-ups and small businesses overcome some of these barriers to pursue R&D activities, by providing an end-to-end facilitation services, including:

  • help with articulating your research question
  • connecting businesses with relevant CSIRO researcher expertise and capability – your in-house R&D division
  • matched funding support to improve the affordability or expand the scope of R&D services.

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Agriculture, Business, Rural & Regional

Coles Nurture Fund

Funder: Coles

Grant Background: Coles launched the $50 million Nurture Fund in April 2015 to help small and medium sized businesses innovate and grow. Since then, they have offered more than $28 million in financial support to more than 80 Australian food and liquor producers.

From Australia’s first quinoa processing facility, to fence posts made from recycled plastic, and a state of the art factory to grow grass indoors, the Coles Nurture Fund is helping Aussie producers bring their big ideas to life.

Australian producers can apply for a grant to help them develop new market-leading products, technologies and processes.

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Children & Youth

Youth Impact Challenge

Funder:  Westpac Bank

Grant Background: The Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is a nationwide initiative open to all young people around Australia aged 7 to 21 years. The Challenge aims to help young Australians solve problems in their local communities.

To take part in the Challenge, participants must identify a local problem and brainstorm an innovative business or social change idea to solve it. Participants can choose to work individually, or in a group of up to 3.

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Agriculture, Environmental

National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Feasibility Study Grants

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge: Feasibility Study Grants support successful applicants to conduct feasibility studies that demonstrate the technical viability and commercial potential of your soil carbon measurement solutions.

The objectives of the National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge program are to:

  • fast-track the development of lower-cost, accurate technical approaches to enable land managers to quantify the impact of their land management activities on soil organic carbon
  • secure co-investment and foster partnerships that trial and deploy novel soil carbon measurement technological solutions.

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Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Regional Event Fund – Incubator Events

Funder:  NSW – Destination NSW

Grant Background: The Regional Event Fund – Incubator Event stream offers seed funding to events in Regional NSW to support their first and second years of activity. The stream supports innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation.

The Incubator Event stream offers seed funding for activities that are likely to establish the event as a driver of visitation. Activities for which funding will be offered include, but are not limited to:

  • Venue hire and other costs specific to the event, determined on a case by case basis
  • Temporary event infrastructure (marquees, stages etc.) that is likely to improve the visitor experience
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Marketing, PR and digital specialist or consultancy fees subject to Destination NSW approval of a brief
  • Brand design and development
  • Attendee research.

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Tech Science Communication
Business, Education

Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The objectives of the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund are to:

  • improve the quality or quantity of cyber security professionals in Australia, including increasing the participation of women in cyber security
  • improve collaboration between industry and the education sector to build the quality and availability of cyber security professionals in Australia
  • support industry and academia to build Australia’s future pipeline of skilled cyber security professionals.

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Business, Rural & Regional

Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program

Funder:  NBN

Grant Background: The Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program, in partnership with the Regional Australia Institute, will recognise and showcase regional and remote businesses, who are:

  • Innovators or entrepreneurs inspiring others in their community
  • Champions of digital adoption
  • Continuing to facilitate the digital capabilities and benefits of the nbn™ network
  • Advocates of supporting regional businesses.

Through this grant program, they aim to encourage those businesses from regional or remote areas with their technology-led ideas, with the aim of facilitating and supporting further growth.

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