Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

What is the Business Research and Innovation Initiative? – Renewables and Low Emissions Round?

The BRII Renewables and Low Emissions Round provides SMEs with $50,000 to $100,000 for innovative solutions in renewables, with potential for $1 million in further funding.



The Australian Government recognises the urgent need for innovative approaches to transition towards a more sustainable and low emissions future. The BRII – Renewables and Low Emissions Round is a strategic investment aimed at harnessing the creativity and ingenuity of Australian SMEs to find practical solutions for critical challenges in the energy and environment sector. This initiative underscores the government’s commitment to achieving Net Zero emissions and supports the National Reconstruction Fund’s priority area focusing on renewables and low emissions technologies.



The Business Research and Innovation Initiative – Renewables and Low Emissions Round is seeking innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges. The three challenges in this round of BRII focus on renewables and low emissions practices.

The challenges are:

  • Increasing energy efficiency of commercial fishing operations.
  • Powering safe drinking water for Australian First Nations remote communities.
  • Alternative packaging for premium Australian wine.

These challenges support the Government’s Net Zero commitment and the National Reconstruction Fund priority area of renewables and low emissions technologies.



The objective of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) – Renewables and Low Emissions Round are to:

  • Stimulate innovation within Australian SMEs.
  • Develop effective, implementable solutions for increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions.
  • Support the commercialisation of innovative technologies in the renewables sector.
  • Enhance collaboration between the government and the private sector in addressing national challenges.


Eligible Entities

Eligible entities for the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) – Renewables and Low Emissions Round are:

  • Entities incorporated in Australia
  • Individuals or partnerships, provided they agree to form a company incorporated in Australia before applying
  • Entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Entities with an annual turnover of less than $20 million for the last three financial years.


Eligible Expenditure

The eligible expenditure for the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) – Renewables and Low Emissions Round are:

  • Direct costs related to the project that align with the eligible expenditure guidelines.
  • Expenses incurred between the project start and end date as specified in the grant agreement.
  • Costs verified with evidence such as quotes for major expenses, if requested.


Eligible Activities

The eligible expenditure for the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) – Renewables and Low Emissions Round includes:

  • Assessing technical viability of proposed solutions to renewables and low emissions challenges.
  • Investigating novelty and differentiating factors of the proposed solutions from existing market offerings.
  • Evaluating commercial potential of the proposed solutions in both domestic and international markets.
  • Identifying and addressing any security issues directly related to the proposed solutions.
  • Additional activities approved on a case-by-case basis, aligning with the grant’s objectives and desired outcomes.



Eligible small to medium enterprises can apply for grants between $50,000 and $100,000 for renewables and low emissions feasibility projects, with a potential follow-up of up to $1 million for a proof of concept.


How to get the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) – Renewables and Low Emissions

In order to get the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) – Renewables and Low Emissions Round, you will need to focus on:

  • Clearly outline how your solution addresses the specific challenge, showcasing its innovative approach and benefits.
  • Highlight the uniqueness of your solution compared to existing market offerings, emphasizing its innovative aspects.
  • Detail the commercial viability and market potential of your solution, including plans for market entry and analysis.
  • Demonstrate your team’s experience and track record in managing similar projects, including commercialisation efforts.
  • Show access to, or plans for, necessary infrastructure, technology, and intellectual property to support your project.
  • Include a comprehensive project plan, detailing timelines, milestones, and risk management strategies.
  • Provide evidence of your team’s capability, including relevant skills and experience, to deliver the project successfully.
  • Outline a clear route to market, demonstrating an understanding of potential customers and global market opportunities.
  • Attach a detailed budget and financial plan, highlighting how funds will be used effectively to achieve project goals.
  • Ensure your application scores at least 50% against each assessment criterion, supported by detailed evidence and documentation.



The closing date for the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) – Renewables and Low Emissions Round is Wednesday 3 April 2024, 5:00pm AEDT.


More Information

Increasing energy efficiency of commercial fishing operations
Alternative packaging for premium Australian wine
Powering safe drinking water for Australian First Nations remote communities





RegTech Round Round Recipients

Using technology for real-time and accurate asbestos testing – Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA)

Using technology for a streamlined path to marine autonomous systems assurance – Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Using technology to help identify and assess poor market disclosure by listed companies – Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC)

Using technology for remote and automated monitoring of export livestock health and welfare – Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE)

Priority Sectors Round Recipients

Turning office trash into energy treasure – Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Counting fish using advanced technologies – Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Revolutionising agricultural spray applications – Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

Turning farm crops into a renewable hydrogen source – Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

Automating the detection of whales at sea – National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)

Round 2 Recipients

Applicants awarded grant funding offers under the Business Research and Innovation Initiative round 2.

Fast and secure digital identity verification for people experiencing FDV

Tinbeerwah, Queensland

val-ID Biometric Identification Service
Provide a solution that aims to efficiently verify identity using facial recognition and existing government biometric authentication infrastructure to validate an identity anchored by government issued trusted credentials.

Surrey Hills, Victoria

Digital identity verification
Provide a solution for people escaping family and domestic violence and seeking access to welfare payments and support services with the ability to provide identification for both initial enrolment and ongoing support.

Intelligent data to transform tourism service delivery

Melbourne, Victoria

Tourism Revenue Impact Predictor
The proposed project will build upon Geografia’s existing Spendmapp application, an award-winning big data analytical tool in use throughout Australia. It will allow users to investigate the effect of age on expenditure patterns, predict future activity and expenditure, and identify market opportunities for new businesses.


West Perth, Western Australia

Australian Tourism Knowledge Bank
The aim of the solution is to unlock and integrate new data sources to better measure tourism and better inform decision-makers. This includes examining specific data sources and understand their capacity to enhance market coverage and provide insights to stakeholders about the tourism industry in Australia.

Melbourne, Victoria

Project Jigsaw
The proposed project will develop a dependable and repeatable modelling tool to forecast tourism growth and potential investment returns using cutting-edge and disruptive technology modelling.

Mosman, New South Wales

Data-driven travel and tourism marketing and insights platform
A project to develop a visitation and tourism analytics platform that combines data from transactional, telecommunications, social media and other digitally sourced data into a 360° view of tourism impacts across economic, environmental and cultural performance metrics.

Uplifting government capability to create digital transformation

Kew, Victoria

Digital Capability Hub
This project proposes to create a Digital Capability Hub (DCH) which will provide government agencies with an innovative online learning platform to support digital transformation specifically for government.

Managing the risks of hitchhiking pests and contaminants on shipping containers

North Wollongong, New South Wales

Integrated CS-UAV, Hyperspectral Imaging and Gas Detection to Detect Biosecurity Threats
A Confined Space Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (CS-UAV) will be designed to be capable of automatic flight in industrial environments where other drones fail to operate. It will be specifically adapted to solve the BRII challenge. It will use unique CS-UAV flight platform paired with hyperspectral cameras, gas sensors and integrated artificial intelligence.

North Hobart, Tasmania

AI-Driven Biosecurity Threat Sensing System
Conduct a feasibility study to test their solution using next-generation sensors and machine learning to solve this important problem and minimising the social, environmental and economic impacts related to the establishment of exotic pests and diseases in Australia.

Endeavour, Victoria

Using Autonomous Systems to improve current biosecurity inspections
The proposed project would include an automated system to quickly scan containers inside and out, detect contaminants, and triage for human review. This solution would aim to increase the biosecurity review footprint while also reducing costs and human error.

Hughes, Australian Capital Territory

Biosecurity Automated Threat Detection System
The proposed project will look into using the Trellis Data Biosecurity Automated Threat Detection System (BATDS) to detect and document biosecurity threats using computer ‘vision’ including microwave, infrared, and other invisible wavelengths.

Automating complex determinations for Australian Government information

Florey, Australian Capital Territory

Automated Creation and Application of Digital Record Authorities
This project will test the feasibility of a scalable, automated solution to decide the value of Australia Government digital information and data and make determinations on whether the information should be preserved or destroyed.


Narrabundah, Australian Capital Territory

A Context Sensitive Learning and Classification System
This feasibility study aims to prove the possibilities inherent in automated machine learning when coupled with live inputs from and transparent monitoring by domain experts.

Barangaroo, New South Wales

Algorithmic record management platform with a self-compliance wizard
This feasibility study will consider a human-in-the-loop (HITL) and machine learning solution to transform the current state of automating complex determinations into a front-of-house process to ease compliance, approval times and transparency.

Sydney, New South Wales

Tabula Servanda
The Feasibility Study will devise experiments to assess which techniques can deliver the highest quality, cost-effectiveness, scalability, efficiency, and accuracy in electronic record auto-classification. We will use explainable artificial intelligence techniques to document and explain how electronic records are classified in the experiments, and cross-compare the results with existing practice.

Round 1 Recipients

The 20 SMEs have been selected from 180 applications to receive initial funding to conduct feasibility studies of their solution. The SMEs with the most promising ideas and products arising from these grants may be eligible for a further grant of up to $1 million each. This would be to develop a prototype or proof of concept of their solution with government having the option of being the first customer.

The BRII provides opportunities for SMEs to develop innovative products and services with genuine commercial potential. The initiative allows government agencies to work with SMEs to develop innovative solutions and then have the option to purchase those solutions. This gives the SMEs a commercial income and the ability to grow with a global mindset.

On-the-spot technology for measuring pyrethroid surface residue

Tracking the effect and value of information products

Digitally enabled community engagement in policy and programme design

Improve transparency and reliability of water market information

Sharing information nationally to ensure child safety

Latest News

A combined $1.6 million of federal grants have been awarded to 17 businesses for proposals that reduce regulatory compliance costs through the latest round of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII).

After a two-month submission period in mid-2021, firms were awarded up to $100,000 to conduct three-month feasibility studies. Successful projects will then be able to apply for an additional grant of up to $1 million – out of a $10 million pool – to build a prototype or proof of concept product. Since the modest BRII initiative was announced in 2015, the total value of grants has reached just over $32 million.

The Regulatory Technology Round is the fourth round of the BRII. Startups and small businesses were called to develop solutions to four challenges posed by different Commonwealth agencies.


CEO of Itree, Ben Hobby talks to AusBiz TV about the benefits of participating in the Australian Government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII), and urges eligible businesses to apply for the current BRII round before 10 September 2020.

Wollongong-based Itree has been working with government for over two decades, and already had the systems and processes in place to hit the ground running during the feasibility stage of BRII.

As a result, the business successfully made it through the first round of the program to then receive close to $1 million to create a prototype.


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