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Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program

The Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Program commenced on 1 July 2014 predominantly replacing Enterprise Connect, Researchers in Business and Commercialisation Australia.. This program will be delivered through AusIndustry with a new Single Business Service www.business.gov.au to streamline the way businesses access government information and services. The three proposed streams of the program are: Business Management Research Connections [...]

Grant Cancellations

The new Liberal government is beginning to make announcements to the changes of the various grant schemes. Many of the different grants have been marked for cancellation as a means of "ending Labor's waste and reckless spending". Full details can be found at media release Our Plan to get the Budget under Control. Schemes to [...]

Clean Technology Grants

The latest update from the Minister of Innovation is as follows: The Gillard Government is helping one of southern Queensland's major meat manufacturers to invest in new, clean technology to improve its production efficiency and cut energy costs throughout its operations. A $6.2 million grant from the Gillard Government's Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment [...]

By | 2013-11-13T17:04:25+00:00 December 18th, 2012|Climate Grants, Manufacturing Grants|0 Comments

Commercialisation Australia Scheme Changes

From today Australian entrepreneurs will not have to repay Early Stage Commercialisation grants for businesses developing a new product, process, or service. Additionally, the annual turnover limit for applicants will rise from $20 million to $50 million and access to skilled managers now have the option to apply for an Experienced Executives grant of up to [...]

Small Business Is Big Business

A new report released today confirms the significance of Australia’s two million small businesses to the Australian economy.  The research reinforces the essential and vital a role the small business sector plays in Australia’s economic life.  The report was compiled by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other [...]

Commercialisation Australia Scheme Axed

The Commercialisation Australia Scheme (CAS) may be axed as early as next April 2012 and replaced in some part by the Clean Technology Program (CTP). The CTP is designed to provide support for manufacturers through three components: the Clean Technology Investment Program, Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program, and the Clean Technology Innovation Program. The suite of sub-programs are intended [...]

$2.6M Climate Change Adaptation Research Grants

The Government today announced $2.6 million in grants for priority research into the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change across Australia. The research projects funded under the Climate Change Adaptation Research Grants program will explore adaptation measures to prepare people and institutions from the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Some of these research projects [...]

By | 2011-07-06T11:08:18+00:00 July 6th, 2011|Climate Grants, Manufacturing Grants|0 Comments

Commercialisation Australia Survives Budget

Last week, the Labor Government renewed its commitment for Commercialisation Australia, allocating $278 million over five years to the program. Commercialisation Australia will receive $82 million annually thereafter. Since it opened for business, Commercialisation Australia has invested $45 million in 115 projects. Twenty-nine companies, entrepreneurs and inventors have recently been awarded funding totaling $13 million through the Commercialisation Australia program. [...]

By | 2011-05-17T11:22:06+00:00 May 17th, 2011|Innovation and R&D Grants, Manufacturing Grants|0 Comments

Grant Application Mistakes

By avoiding common mistakes you can increase your chances of obtaining a grant. Do your research. Initiate contact with department prior to preparation of application. Develop relationship with Case Manager. Provide the information they request. Be specific, generalisations are meaningless. Make your application stand out. Do not be conservative with your estimates. Check your grammar [...]

Protecting Australian Inventors

The Government wants Australia’s inventors to have access to a patent system that is easy to understand, respected internationally and which gives inventors the rights they deserve. To view the report and find out more about the Advisory Council, visit www.acip.gov.au. IP Australia is the government agency responsible for our IP system that includes patents, trade [...]