Up to $1M is available from Industry 4.0 Testlabs for Australia to establish five Industry 4.0 testlabs at five Australian universities.
Industry 4.0 Testlabs for Australia
Industry 4.0 Testlabs for Australia is a pilot program that provides $5 million in matched funding in 2018-19 to establish five Industry 4.0 testlabs at five Australian universities. It will provide innovation support for small and medium enterprises in priority industry growth sectors through access to Industry 4.0 testlabs, and build the skills required to capitalise on technological opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.
The Industry 4.0 Testlabs for Australia builds on the recommendations of the Industry 4.0 Testlabs in Australia report, released by the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, which advocates for a network of testlabs across Australia.
The grant opportunity is delivered as a pilot program. It establishes five initial Australian testlabs that can underpin the expansion of a broader national network. The department undertook extensive consultation with stakeholders from industry, research and government sectors to inform the development of this pilot program.
Industry 4.0 testlabs established through this grant opportunity will be located at the five Australian universities listed at section 4.2 and will support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in several of the Australian Government’s priority growth sectors. These may include:
- Advanced manufacturing
- Cyber security
- Food and agribusiness
- Medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
- Mining equipment, technology and services
- Oil, gas and energy resources
The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:
- establish five Industry 4.0 testlabs at the five Australian universities listed in section 4.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines
- provide innovation support for SMEs in priority industry growth sectors, though access to Industry 4.0 testlabs
- build the skills required to capitalise on technological opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.
The maximum grant amount is up to $1,000,000. The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.
To be eligible your project must:
- establish a new Industry 4.0 testlab facility or upgrade an existing testlab to Industry 4.0 capability
- provide free and open access to SMEs in priority growth sectors
- focus on upskilling SMEs in Industry 4.0 technology
- include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.
Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:
- purchase, installation and commissioning of Industry 4.0 technology, software, hardware or equipment (other than that provided by Siemens Australia)
- upgrade or modification of existing laboratory to incorporate Industry 4.0 technology.
To be eligible, expenditure must:
- be a direct cost of the project
- be incurred by you for required project audit activities.
To be eligible you must:
- be invited to apply
- be one of the universities listed in section 4.2 of the guidelines
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
- provide evidence of how you will provide your share of project costs. You must use the Accountant Declaration form available on business.gov.au and GrantConnect
- provide evidence that you have an agreed arrangement with Siemens Australia for their in-kind support through the provision of product lifecycle management software and/or equipment.
Applications close 29 October 2018.