International Engagement Program (IEP)

Up to $5M is available from International Engagement Program to enhance Australia’s global knowledge of renewable energy technologies to advance innovation.

International Engagement Program

International Engagement Program (IEP)

The International Engagement Program is delivered by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support Australia’s participation in international platforms, and co-ordinate the wider distribution of knowledge gained.



The Objective of the International Engagement Program is to support international engagement to achieve the following Outcomes:

  • increased access to knowledge held internationally regarding renewable energy research, innovations, markets and/or policies by Australian entities/individuals; enhanced dissemination of this knowledge to the broader, relevant Australian sector(s); and the application of this knowledge to new activities (e.g. new R&D projects, demonstrations, deployments, international standards/guidelines etc);
  • establish and/or strengthen international relationships and research collaborations that increase Australia’s capacity to innovate in the renewable energy space and lead to the growth or enhancement of the Australian renewable energy sector (e.g. access to equipment, databases, knowledge sharing platforms, case studies, etc.);
  • promotion of Australian products and/or expertise in Renewable Energy Technology research and development and integration that leads to access to new international markets or business opportunities; and
  • shape international activities and programs to deliver outcomes for the Australian renewable energy sector (e.g. development of international standards/guidelines, research pathways, etc.).



The total funding allocated by ARENA to the Program is AUD $5 million (GST exclusive). The Grants awarded to Activities under the Program are expected to be between $5,000 and $500,000.


Eligible Projects

Under Round 1 of the Program, ARENA is seeking applications to support the following:

  • Australian representation on (eligible) IEA TCPs as the contracting party, including coordination of task participation under the TCP (as appropriate) and dissemination of relevant knowledge to the broader sector; and/or
  • engagement in (eligible) MI Challenges by research experts from Australian Entities and dissemination of relevant knowledge.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, the Applicant must:

  • hold a currently registered Australian Business Number (ABN), and
  • be either:
    • a Sole Trader; or
    • one of the following eligible Australian research institutions:
      • an Australian university (University);
      • the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO);
      • the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) including Data 61;
      • the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS);
      • the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO);
      • Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs);
      • the National Measurement Institute (NMI); or
      • Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence; or
    • an Australian entity incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (or warrant that it will be at the time of entering into a funding agreement); or
    • a Commonwealth entity prescribed as a government business enterprise by Rule 5(1) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014; or
    • be an Australian State or Territory owned corporation or a subsidiary of an Australian State or Territory owned corporation.



Applications close 15 December 2017.


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