Premier’s Research and Industry Fund

$4.2 M fund to support South Australia’s research community to compete successfully on a national and global scale

  Premiers Research and Industry Fund


Due to the increasingly competitive environment for highly skilled researchers and research grant funding in Australia, a review of the Premier’s Science and Research Fund has been undertaken by the Department of Further Education, Employment Science and Technology (DFEEST).

Research and development is a major driver of economic growth and competitiveness. The continuum that ends with jobs growth and the emergence of new industries and enterprises begins with research and development activity.

The repurposed fund, now known as the Premier’s Research and Industry Fund (PRIF), aims to support South Australia’s research community to compete successfully on a national and global scale. The fund will encourage investment in key science and research areas that have the potential to generate significant economic, social and/or environmental benefits for the State.


Focus Areas

All applications to the Premier’s Research and Industry Fund must clearly align to one of the priority areas, for additional information on the seven priorities:

  • Creating a vibrant city
  • An affordable place to live
  • Every chance for every child
  • Growing advanced manufacturing
  • Safe communities, healthy neighbourhoods
  • Realising the benefits of the mining boom for all
  • Premium food and wine from our clean environment



  • Catalyst Research Grants – The South Australian research institutes and universities can now apply for funding to support early career researchers working with industry, businesses and other end user groups.
  • Innovation Voucher Program (IVP) – South Australian businesses can now apply for ‘innovation vouchers’ to support research and development in advanced manufacturing under a new $1 million State Government scheme.
  • South Australian Research Fellowship – The intent of this initiative is to expand the State’s research talent and to support world-class research leadership. The Fellowship also targets research activities and outcomes that are of direct strategic benefit to South Australian industry and the State’s economy.
  • Collaboration Pathways Program – A Commonwealth Government initiative that aims to boost world-class research and convert Australian scientific innovations into successful new products, services and technologies, making our industries more efficient, productive and competitive.
  • International Research Grants – Funding to support and facilitate South Australian scientific and technological research being conducted with an international partner that is of strategic benefit to South Australia and directly relate to the State’s seven priority areas.



For the 2012-13 financial period the SA Government has allocated $4.2 million to the Premier’s Research and Industry Fund. Each program has been allocated a set budget for the 2012-13 financial period, however this allocation is subject to change due to the number of applications received. The Innovation Voucher Program has $1million allocated for the 2012-13 financial period and this program is a joint program between DFEEST and DMITRE. Once these funds are fully allocated the program will be closed for this financial period.


Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

We have significant experience in applying for grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:

  • Demonstrating the identified need;
  • Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
  • Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
  • Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
  • Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
  • Calculating the value for money; and
  • Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes


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