What is the Experimental Development Program?

The Science and Industry Endowment Fund Experimental Development Program is a grant opportunity designed to address a significant gap in current funding options available for progressing technology development to a stage suitable for attracting commercial investment and market uptake.

The Experimental Development Program will play an important role in the overall Science and Industry Endowment Fund Portfolio, complimenting current SIEF programs and activities.

 

Objectives

The Experimental Development Program aims to support research that:

  • is at the experimental development end of the research continuum
  • translates research for commercial impact
  • moves discoveries along the pathway to commercialisation
  • accelerates commercialisation and entrepreneurial activities
  • ‘de-risks’ for future commercial investors

 

Funding

All amounts referred to are to be read as exclusive of GST (if any), unless expressly stated otherwise. On a case by case basis, SIEF funding under the Experimental Development Program is expected to be in the range:

  • $0.25m – $2m total.  The total funds requested from SIEF must be met through co-investment by the Lead Applicant (and collaborators) with in-kind and cash contributions.
  • over a period of 6 months to 2 years

SIEF funding will be structured in a stage-gated manner based on milestones against expenditure.

 

Eligible Projects

Experimental Development Program will fund:

  • The construction and operation of a pilot plant as long as the principal purposes are to obtain experience and to compile engineering and other data to be used in:
    • Evaluating hypotheses.
    • Writing new product formulae.
    • Establishing new finished product specifications.
    • Designing special equipment and structures required by a new process.
    • Preparing operating instructions or manuals on the process.
  • Industrial design and drawing required for R&D
  • Industrial engineering and tooling up associated with the development of new products
  • Trial production required for testing and subsequent further design
  • Data collection as an integral part of the research and development.

 

Eligible Applicants

  • Lead Applicant must be an Eligible Organisation in the Industry portfolio (Eligible organisations are:  CSIRO, ANSTO, AIMS, Geoscience Australia).
  • Research activities must primarily be conducted by the Lead Applicant
  • Pre-screening for commercial viability must have been conducted by the Lead Applicant
  • Research activities must align with the SIEF Primary Purpose
  • Funding will only be available for activities that fall under the definition of ‘Research’; and specifically ‘Experimental Development’
  • Application must be endorsed by all Collaborating Organisations and by an authorised delegate
  • Lead Applicant/institution and researchers must comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018).
  • Successful Applicants must enter into a SIEF Funding Agreement by the specified date

 

Timing

Applications open on an ongoing basis.

 

More Information

 

Current Recipients

YearLead Researcher and OrganisationCollaborating OrganisationsProject TitleSIEF Funds (lifetime months)
2016Dr Melony SellarsCSIROAustralian Prawn Farmers AssociationRNAi treatment of broodstock to reduce disease impacts in farmed prawns (Prawn RNAi)

$250,000

(24 months)

COMPLETED

2016Dr Keith BristowCSIROSprayable Biodegradable Polymer Membrane Technology for Agriculture (TranspiratiONal)

$445,842

(12 months)

COMPLETED

2016

Dr Stefan Hrabar
CSIRO

Hovermap – Intelligent Lidar Mapping and Navigating System for Drones (Hovermap)

$768,000

(12 months)

COMPLETED

2017

Dr San Hla

CSIRO

Hydrogen generator for FCV refuelling (H2 Generation)

$1,657,256

(24 months)

COMPLETED

2017

Dr Aaron Thornton

CSIRO

Monash University

Energy Infrastructure Resources

Capturing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere (CO2Gen)

$725,000

(15 months)

COMPLETED

2017

Dr Paul Breuer

CSIRO

Eco Minerals Research

Demonstration plant to validate new products for gold discovery (Going for Gold)

$860,000

(15 months)

COMPLETED

2017

Dr Keith B