Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Grants

Up to $200,000 is available to support research, development and demonstration projects that can increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria.


Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Grants

Research, development and demonstration (RD&D) grants is available to support projects that:

  • research product development and demonstrate performance of targeted materials
  • test the feasibility of innovative technology and infrastructure that support the use of targeted materials
  • develop new or existing products using recovered targeted materials
  • improve product standards and specifications to include recycled content
  • improve market confidence and demand for using recycled materials and products
  • consume significant and reliable volumes of targeted materials
  • contribute to Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.



Sustainability Victoria (SV) is looking to support research, development and demonstration projects that can increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria. There are often barriers that restrict the uptake of products made from recycled materials, such as a lack of appropriate specifications and standards or the need for specific testing and approvals or product demonstration trials. This funding seeks to support organisations in overcoming these barriers.

SV is seeking projects that investigate one or more targeted materials. These are materials with specific supply side or demand side barriers that could be overcome with the support of government.

For RD&D grants, targeted materials include:

  • plastics (flexible and rigid)
  • paper and cardboard
  • electronic waste (e-waste)
  • glass

The grants are part of SV’s $4.5 million Market Development for Recovered Resources Program and supports the Victorian Government’s response to current issues in the recycling sector outlined in the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan (RISP). The RISP sets out the pathway to a safe, resilient and efficient recycling system in Victoria. It highlights the need for government to invest in RD&D to build confidence and demand for products made with recovered materials.

The Victorian Government is also developing a circular economy policy by 2020. Strong markets for recycled products will help underpin the transition to a more circular economy in Victoria.


Case Study

Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund

Bulletpoint helped GreenBear Recycling secure $500,000 from the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund to build a fully-automated, improved waste sorting services for residential Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste more feasibly and efficiently than current disposal methods.

Using advanced and fully-automated sorting technologies and systems, the project will recover a range of materials for recycling, thereby avoiding landfill and improving local recycling.

Sustainability Victoria estimates, 3,000,000 tonnes per annum of C&D waste. Of this, 50% is handled by smaller, less effective waste service providers.

The project will address up to 95,000 tonnes per annum in the first year. A central sorting and resource recovery plant capable of receiving and processing a minimum of 400 tonnes per 8-hour shift.

Beyond the scope of the initially proposed project, the plan is capable of running three shifts. So, the throughput after five years could easily scale to 1,200 tonnes per day.



The RD&D grants provide funding of between $50,000 to $200,000 (1:1 matched funding, excluding GST) to projects that investigate one or more targeted materials.

Funding is available through two streams:

  • Stream 1: Research and Development (R&D) – Projects undertaking research and development on targeted materials.
  • Stream 2: Demonstration (D) – Projects undertaking field trials (demonstration projects) to progress commercialisation of R&D, i.e. increasing end market demand and uptake of targeted materials.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • investigate at least one of the following targeted material/s:
    • plastics (flexible and rigid)
    • paper and cardboard
    • electronic waste (e-waste)
    • glass
  • show potential to significantly increase market uptake of targeted materials (e.g. designing new products or applications that could consume reliable volumes (tonnes) of targeted materials, pre-engineering of processing technology/infrastructure to produce products using targeted materials)
  • be aligned with circular economy principles
  • partner with one or more industry partner/s (Stream 1)
  • use existing R&D and/or credible evidence such as published, peerreviewed or otherwise validated work for demonstration projects (Stream 2)
  • source recovered materials from Victoria
  • have project activities take place in Victoria
  • meet the minimum 1:1 financial contribution requirement of the fund
  • be completed by 31 May 2021.

Funding will not be provided for:

  • projects that do not meet the eligibility criteria of the fund ( see eligible applicants)
  • demonstration projects (Stream 2) that use R&D carried out in this funding round
  • privately owned research facilities that cannot provide evidence of accreditation
  • projects addressing separation, collection or sorting of waste for recycling
  • projects focused on reprocessing or recycling to produce recovered materials
  • opportunity identification, concept screening, marketing concept development and feasibility studies
  • projects using native forestry materials and wastes as a feedstock
  • purchasing infrastructure for separation, collection, sorting and/or testing equipment
  • travel, conferences and other educational activities
  • salaries that are not directly related to the project
  • demonstration projects not located in Victoria
  • projects being undertaken to comply with regulation
  • applicants (including related entities, project partners and subcontractors) that have failed to adequately address an environmental or safety breach or cannot show they are  working effectively to resolve the breach
  • applicants unable to show financial capability to carry out the project
  • requests for retrospective funding, where projects are completed or started prior to signing a funding agreement with SV (Note: a defined component or next stage of a current, longer term project would be eligible for funding)
  • projects that require funds to purchase land
  • ongoing operational costs such as, but not limited to, electricity, water and other utilities
  • organisations that have failed to satisfactorily complete any other previous projects funded by SV without sufficient reason
  • projects that have received funding from any other funding body for the project (Note: a defined component or next stage of a current, longer term project would be eligible for funding)
  • project outcomes that are not directly attributable to the SV grant funding
  • pre-construction activities such as site clearing, earthworks or site accessibility works
  • capital works project costs not directly related to the use of recovered resources
  • projects that cannot be completed by 31 May 2021
  • applications submitted after the closing date and time (3pm, Friday 31 May 2019).


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for Stream 1: R&D funding, applicants must:

  • be a Victorian-based research institute (see Section 5: Definitions). Note that privately owned research facilities must provide evidence of accreditation (e.g. National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia or similar standard)
  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an industry partner
  • have been operating for at least 12 months (both industry partner/s and research institute)
  • have satisfactory environmental, safety and financial performance
  • meet the minimum 1:1 matched funding
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms and Conditions
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in Grant Programs

To be eligible for Stream 2: Demonstration (D) funding, applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have been operating for at least 12 months (including all industry partner/s)
  • have operations in Victoria (including all industry partners)
  • have satisfactory environmental, safety and financial performance
  • meet the minimum 1:1 matched funding
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms and Conditions
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in Grant Programs

Collaborative applications for demonstration project funding are encouraged, for example projects between local government and an industry partner. Collaborative applications need a lead applicant who will be accountable for implementing the SV funding agreement.



Applications close 31 May 2019.


Round 2 Recipients

Nine projects received a total of $1.6 million for research and development and field trials to test and develop new markets for recovered materials in Victoria.

ARRB Group

  • Project partner(s): Brimbank City Council, VicRoads
  • Targeted material: Glass
  • Funding: $200,000
  • Project description: Trialling high proportions of recycled crushed glass in asphalt on local roads within Brimbank City Council.

Deakin University

  • Project partner(s): Qenos, GT Recycling
  • Targeted material: Plastics
  • Funding: $195,000
  • Project description: Investigate an alternative to the current physical and mechanical recycling methods of polyethylene (PE). This project will investigate the impact of various catalysts on PE recycling.

Deakin University

  • Project partner(s): Delaminating Resources, Close the Loop
  • Targeted material: E-waste
  • Funding: $150,000
  • Project description: A two-step process testing efficient methods to extract silicon from waste photovoltaic panels, then converting this material into a useable product.

Swinburne University

  • Project partner(s): Melbourne Trains Metro Level Crossing Removal Project, Rail Projects Victoria
  • Targeted material: Plastics and glass
  • Funding: $192,950
  • Project description: Evaluate the use of glass, plastics and crushed concrete in railway substructure including the capping layer and sub ballast.

Swinburne University

  • Project partner(s): Envirostream Pty Ltd
  • Targeted material: E-waste
  • Funding: $74,390
  • Project description: Establish a method to extract high purity zinc and zinc oxide powders from spent alkaline batteries.

University of Melbourne

  • Project partner(s): Casafico, Ikon Services Australia, Universal Vortex Industries, RMIT University
  • Targeted material: Paper, cardboard and glass
  • Funding: $200,000
  • Project description: Develop a precast structural concrete wall using waste glass fines and waste paper cellulose fibres.

University of Melbourne

  • Project partner(s): Integrated Recycling
  • Targeted material: Plastics
  • Funding: $195,000
  • Project description: Develop and field test noise barrier walls made from recycled plastic with minimal usage of virgin materials.

Victoria University

  • Project partner(s): Victoria University Ground Science, University of Melbourne, City West Water
  • Targeted material: Plastics and glass
  • Funding: $195,000
  • Project description: Develop new blends of trench backfill material specifically to be used to in and around sewer and ‘manhole’ structures. The blends will be field tested against EPA guidelines and Australian Standards.

Round 1 Recipients

Thirteen projects received $1.9 million between them for R&D and field trials to develop new markets for recovered materials and increase their uptake in Victoria.

ARRB Group Ltd

  • Project partner(s): VicRoads, Australian Asphalt Pavement Association
  • Targeted material: Rubber
  • Funding: $60,000
  • Project description: Develop a VicRoads specification that allows use of crumb rubber in asphalt for use in local roads.

Downer EDI Works

  • Project partner(s): Hume City Council, Close the Loop, RED Group
  • Targeted material: Glass, plastics
  • Funding: $67,226
  • Project description: Downer partnered with Hume City Council, Close the Loop and RED Group to construct a demonstration road using recycled soft plastics, glass and toner cartridge in asphalt.

Hermetia Biosystems Pty Ltd

  • Targeted material: Organics (food waste)
  • Funding: $200,000
  • Project description: Establish a demonstration facility to convert up to 100 tonnes of food waste per day into protein meal and fertiliser products.

Monash University

  • Project partner(s): Integrated Recycling
  • Targeted material: Plastic
  • Funding: $200,000
  • Project description: Undertake field testing and monitoring to understand in-track performance and any benefits of the Duratrack recycled plastic rail sleeper such as noise and vibration reduction.

RMIT University

  • Project partner(s): Boral Limited, Office of Projects Victoria, City of Whitehorse
  • Targeted material: Plastics, rubber (tyres)
  • Funding: $200,000
  • Project description: Develop a premix concrete incorporating recycled plastics and rubber.

RMIT University

  • Project partner(s): Sami Bitumen Technologies, City of Whittlesea, Office of Projects Victoria
  • Targeted material: Plastics, rubber
  • Funding: $200,000
  • Project description: Develop a performance-based classification system of plastic/rubber-modified bitumen. This would mean that the inclusion of recycled content is determined by performance rather than percentage.

RMIT University

  • Project partner(s): RepurposeIt, Frasers Property Australia, Hume City Council, Brimbank City Council
  • Targeted material: Glass
  • Funding: $77,806
  • Project description: Test the use of a glass fines stabilising technology to manufacture a prototype access cover that meets Australian Standard AS3996:2006 in support of road drainage infrastructure.

Swinburne University of Technology

  • Project partner(s): GT Recycling Pty Ltd, Robovoid Pty Ltd
  • Targeted material: Plastics
  • Funding: $175,000
  • Project description: Develop a production process using 100% recycled plastics in concrete void formers which are used to reduce the volume of concrete whilst maintaining strength in concrete slabs.

Swinburne University of Technology

  • Project partner(s): Wyndham City Council
  • Targeted material: Glass and plastics
  • Funding: $72,100
  • Project description: Using previously SV funded R&D results to demonstrate the performance of plastics and glass in concrete footpaths.

Swinburne University of Technology   

  • Project partner(s): Alex Fraser Group, VicRoads (Quarry Materials specialist)
  • Targeted material: Concrete, brick and glass
  • Funding: $176,000
  • Project description: Undertake R&D to develop a VicRoads specification for municipal roads that permits the use of crushed glass, concrete and brick.

University of Melbourne

  • Project partner(s): Downer EDI Works
  • Targeted material: Concrete, brick, glass, plastics and rubber
  • Funding: $160,000
  • Project description: A demonstration project trialling a permeable pavement, using recycled concrete, brick, glass, plastics and rubber, under real traffic conditions.

University of Melbourne

  • Project partner(s): VicRoads, North West Program Alliance, Hanson
  • Targeted material: Glass
  • Funding: $115,000
  • Project description: Construct a demonstration site at a Level Crossing Removal Authority project site to trial the glass fines as a sand replacement in concrete in a real-world application.

Yarra City Council

  • Project partner(s): RMIT University
  • Targeted material: Glass
  • Funding: $200,000
  • Project description: Trialling a separate glass collection with approx. 1000 residents and using the collected glass in asphalt to demonstrate performance in municipal road construction.

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