Photonics Catalyst Program

Up to $45,000 is available from Photonics Catalyst Program to support the development of innovative photonic products or devices by coordinating the efforts of key stakeholders.

Photonics Catalyst Program

Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP)

The Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP), a joint initiative between Department of State Development and IPAS connects South Australian Industry with emerging laser and sensor technologies capable of transforming their businesses. It creates a South Australian based ecosystem of expertise and capabilities in photonics supporting the development of cutting-edge photonic products through unique project based collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government.



Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP) is being delivered through the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

Adelaide has an extensive base of photonics expertise – in our university sector and in key industries – much of which grew from fundamental research at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). South Australia’s photonics research and innovation is driving the development of a range of new technologies across defence, medicine, agriculture, mining, food, construction and forestry.



The Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP) facilitates the development of advanced photonic devices by providing funding mechanisms for engagement, the development of prototypes, testing of photonic devices and the adoption of new light based technologies.

The PCP will also offer South Australian manufacturers the opportunity to participate in a number of photonics awareness raising events to explore how new photonics technologies may provide their business with a competitive edge.



Participants in the PCP will receive a commercial and technical feasibility assessment of their project and up to $45,000 worth of research and development services to assist with the development of their new photonics product or prototype.


Eligible Projects

A project must meet the following selection criteria:

  • be innovative
  • be technically viable (i.e. it is possible, can it be made at the right scale and at the right price)
  • be able to be completed within a 12 month timeframe with IPAS assistance
  • have a solid commercial value proposition (i.e. why will the product be purchased/what problem does it solve/ evidence of an addressable market and the size of this market, route to market)
  • have a regulatory compliance plan (if required)
  • provide economic benefits to South Australia.


Eligible Applicants

An applicant must:

  • be a solvent firm or commercial enterprise with a current or proposed connection in South Australia
  • have ownership or the beneficial use of intellectual property necessary to commercialise the project
  • be able to demonstrate that they can provide the required PCP co-funding contribution (i.e. $15,000 cash plus in-kind)
  • have a problem that can be potentially solved using the photonics research and development expertise at the IPAS
  • have an understanding of how, when, why and where the customer would use the proposed product.



Applications open on an ongoing basis.


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