Up to $100,000 is available to support research institutes and industry with research projects to develop new markets for recovered resources.

Research and Development grants

 

Overview

The Research and Development (R&D) Program  will provide grants to Research Institutes in partnership with Industry to undertake research projects that lead to an increase in the use of recovered glass fines and/or, flexible plastics in new or existing products or processing approaches.

 

Objective

The objective of the Research and Development (R&D) Program  is to publish the research findings to inform broader manufacturing industries of opportunities to incorporate recovered glass fines and/or flexible plastics into product and process design, development, specifications and commercialisation activities. Intellectual Property (IP) developed from the program will be made publicly available and licensed.

The program supports the aims of the Draft Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources to stimulate markets for the use of recovered resources, increase job creation, develop quality products for end markets, and increase investment in products made from recovered resources.

 

Funding

Up to $100,000 (1:1 matched funding) excluding GST is available for Research Institutes in partnership with Industry to undertake a Research and Development (R&D) project.

 

Eligible Projects

Salaries directly related to:

  • the design and development of processing approaches or products that use recovered glass fines or flexible plastics including quality and performance assessments of recovered glass fines or flexible plastics in new or existing product or processing approaches
  • product development to increase the percentage of recovered glass fines or flexible plastics. in existing products or processing approaches

Cost of laboratory or in situ testing for new products incorporating recovered glass fines or flexible plastics.

 

Eligible Applicants

Only a Research Institute in partnership with Industry is eligible to apply.

To be eligible for funding, the Research Institute must:

  • meet the definition of Research Institute as outlined in section 3.1 of the guidelines
  • have been in operation in Victoria for at least three years
  • have a partnership with Industry (as per definition in section 3.1 of the guidelines)
  • not have received funding from any other funding body for the application research project
  • meet the minimum 1:1 financial contribution (excluding GST) in partnership with the Industry Partner(s)
  • not have any Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or Victorian WorkCover violations in the past five years, or if the Research Institute has any violations:
    • the violations were not serious;
    • the violations have been satisfactorily resolved;
    • the Research Institute has made appropriate efforts, including implementing management systems, to ensure the violation is not repeated; and
    • since the violation, the Research Institute has had a satisfactory level of compliance with environmental and WorkCover Authority legislation.
  • be based in Victoria
  • undertake the research project in Victoria
  • if shortlisted as part of the assessment process, attend a pitch at SV with the Industry Partner(s)
  • agree to comply with the Terms and Conditions of SV’s Funding Agreement located at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/RDgrants

The Industry Partner(s) must:

  • meet the definition of Industry as outlined in section 3.1 of the guidelines
  • have been in operation in Victoria for at least three years
  • not have received funding from any other funding body for the application research project
  • meet the minimum 1:1 financial contribution (excluding GST) in partnership with the Research Institute(s)
  • not have any Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or Victorian WorkCover violations in the past five years, or if the applicant has any violations:
    • the violations were not serious;
    • the violations have been satisfactorily resolved;
    • the Industry Partner has made appropriate efforts, including implementing management systems, to ensure the violation is not repeated; and
    • since the violation, the Industry Partner has had a satisfactory level of compliance with environmental and WorkCover Authority legislation.
  • be based in Victoria
  • if shortlisted as part of the assessment process, attend a pitch at SV with the Research Institute
  • agree to comply with the Terms and Conditions of SV’s Funding Agreement located at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/RDgrants

 

Timing

Applications close  12 February 2016.

 

Media Release

The Andrews Labor Government is offering grants of up to $100,000 for research institutes and industry to undertake collaborative research projects to develop new markets for recovered resources.

Funding is provided through Sustainability Victoria’s Research and Development program which supports collaborations between research institutes and industry to encourage innovation in this area.

The grants are supporting industry to find and establish new markets for recovered materials such as glass fines and flexible plastic which is critical in providing positive economic returns for Victoria.

Successful recipients will undertake research and development projects that will lead to an increase in the use of recovered glass fines or flexible plastics in new or existing products, or provide an opportunity for innovative processing approaches.

Sustainability Victoria will publish research findings from the program to inform broader manufacturing industries of the opportunities to incorporate recovered glass fines and flexible plastics into new product developments.

This funding program supports the aims of the recently released Draft Victorian Market Development Strategy for Recovered Resources to stimulate markets for the use of recovered resources, increase job creation, develop quality products for end markets, and increase investment in products made from recovered resources.

Applications close on 6 January, 2016. For more information or to download an application form, visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au