Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund – Organics

What is the Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund – Organics?

The Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund – Organics is a grant opportunity to support businesses and research organisations to research and develop innovative ways to improve processes, performance or systems of existing recycled organics products.



The The Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund – Organics objective is to enhance the market for existing recycled organic products.

Projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Improve recycled organics process – Develop superior or bespoke methods for producing products (e.g. improve process efficiency, match recycled organic product to soil and plant needs, or develop cheaper on-site solutions)
  • Improve recycled organics performance – Create distinguishing features or improved functionality (e.g. value add recycled organics products, develop fit for purpose blends, or identify optimal timing of recycled organics application to soil)
  • Improve recycled organics product systems – Complementary products or services. (e.g. develop decision support tools, monetise the natural capital improvement resulting from recycled organics use, or develop specialised prototype farm machinery for applying compost).



Grants of up to $300,000 are available.


Eligible Projects

Projects must:

  • be located or service Victoria
  • have the potential to increase market demand
  • improve existing recycled organics products
  • meet regulatory or planning requirements
  • be complete 2 years from commencement date.

Projects must improve process, performance or systems for existing recycled organics products.

You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.

Projects must be for innovations that are both commercially feasible in the current market and close to commercialisation. Projects must have the potential to be commercialised between 2023 to 2024. Applicants will be asked to summarise the pathway to commercialisation for their project.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, you must be a collaborative partnership of a research organisation and an organisation that produces or uses recycled organics commercially.

One of the project partners must be the Lead Applicant, who applies and is responsible for managing the project. The Lead Applicant must be located in Victoria.

Examples of research organisations:

  • Research and Development Corporations (RDCs)
  • Universities
  • Catchment Management Authorities
  • Farmer owned research and development organisations

Examples of eligible non-research organisations:

  • Composting businesses
  • Councils
  • Agricultural enterprises
  • Civil construction businesses
  • Industry groups and associations

The Lead Applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have been operating for a minimum of 2 years
  • meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirements
  • agree to comply with the Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions, and Terms of Participation in Grant Programs.

The program encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.



Applications close 16 July 2021.


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