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Please Note:

The Department of Industry is not currently accepting or processing applications or requests for funding extensions for the Researchers in Business Program, while the Government is reviewing funding arrangements ahead of the Federal Budget in May 2014.

Applicants enquiring about this program can contact the General Manager, Program Management Branch, Enterprise Connect, Department of Industry, GPO Box 9839 CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601 or via email enterpriseconnect@industry.gov.au.


Researchers in Business Grant


Would current, up-to-date research give you the cutting edge your business needs to be more competitive?

We can help.

We support the placement of researchers from universities or public research agencies into businesses, to help develop and implement a new idea with commercial potential. Enterprise Connect will provide you with funding for up to 50 per cent of salary costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for each grant ranging between 2 and 12 months in duration.

Our aim is to help break down the cultural divide between business and the research sector by speeding up the distribution of knowledge and expertise and accelerating the adoption of new ideas and technologies.

Our Facilitators connect businesses with researchers from universities or public research agencies with the specific expertise relevant to the needs of the business, including in the areas of:

  • product innovation – developing and testing new, or improved products or services targeted to new or existing markets
  • process innovation – addressing production or process issues (e.g. improve manufacturing efficiencies or quality through new or improved technologies)
  • Assist and help local businesses access Enterprise Connect services and other industry programs to increase entrepreneurial capacity
  • environmental sustainability – identifying and measuring of pollution, and reducing waste (water, energy, recycling etc).

Our Facilitators will guide you through the Researchers in Business Grant process including identification of suitable projects and sourcing an eligible researcher from a Public Sector research organisation. To find out more, please contact our Facilitators directly.

If you take part a Researchers in Business Grant project, you will be required to report on its outcomes and information contained in the reports, will be treated as sensitive and will assist in the evaluation of Enterprise Connect services.

Further information on the Researchers in Business Grant is contained in the Client Information Guides.

A summary of successful applicants and projects can be found in the related links section of this page.