Innovation Connections Grant
Innovation Connections allows the research sector to be matched with relevant businesses to undertake collaborative research projects, leading to imaginative solutions to business development challenges.
As part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda Entrepreneurs' Program, the Innovation Connections Grant scheme is a facilitation service to encourage and assist small and medium businesses to access knowledge, engage with researchers, and foster innovation. Following a facilitated service, your business may seek matched financial assistance in the form of an Innovation Connections Grant.
Up to $50,000 of funding is available from the Australian Government, to be matched by an eligible Australian company, for a project up to 12 months duration. Company eligibility is based on turnover/expenditure – between $1.5 and $100 million. The company must operate in a defined sector:
- Advanced manufacturing
- Food and agribusiness
- Medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
- Mining equipment, technology and services
- Oil, gas and energy
- Enabling technologies and services of the sectors listed above.
This scheme is ideal as a prelude to an ARC Linkage proposal, or for a component of a Linkage proposal that may not have been funded in the recent round, with a view to a future re-submission.