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CSIRO: Kick-start Program

Opportunity for

  • Australian start-ups and small businesses who would like to pursue a research and development (R&D) project, utilising CSIRO researchers and capabilities.

Opportunity description

Industry challenge:

The program aims to support businesses with the following types of R&D activities:

  • research into a new idea with commercial potential
  • development of a novel or improved product or process
  • testing of a novel product, developed by the company, to inform research and development activities.

Current opportunity:

The program is a (1:1) matched-funding program whereby companies will receive a voucher between $10K-$50K to undertake R&D projects. Companies must match the funding provided by CSIRO. For example, a $100K value project would recieve a $50K voucher from the Kick-Start program and then the company would be required to fund the remaining $50K. Companies can access up to 2 vouchers, however the first project must be completed before a second one can commence. Applications are non-competitive but have clear eligibility guidelines to meet.

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Opportunity 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 service, including:

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

To be eligibile for the program, companies must be:

  • < $1.5M in turnover or operating expenditure OR < 3 years trading
  • Have an ACN/ICN and be registered for GST and;
  • Must be able to provide matched funding.

Potential other applications:

You may also be eligible for other SME Connect Programs.

Opportunity type

Seeking interest, Research partner, Acceleration, Innovation challenge, Seeking solutions

Express interest by

Friday, 30 June 2028 12:00 Australia/Sydney
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Readiness

Early to Mid (TRL 1-7)
For opportunities that are seeking solutions providers who are in the early to mid stages of readiness.
What does this mean?
Describes the stage of the challenge or opportunity being pursued.

Opportunity led by

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Beef cattle Cereal grains Cotton Cross industry Dairy Fruits Natural capital assets Nuts Oilseeds Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains Sugar Vegetables Wild catch fisheries

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

As Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst, CSIRO solves the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We …
  • Location

    Global

  • Organisation type

    Public research organisation

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