Current list of grants and awards available to startups
List courtesy of Innovic — any additions please let me know
The Creators Fund — $20K to $50K to support creative practitioners across all disciplines to undertake creative development, research or experimentation, residences etc. Closes 7 September 2017.
Nokia Innovation Challenge — for ideas, technologies, and new business models in IoT. Focus includes transportation, smart cities, safety and security, connected industries, and/or a smart, safe and sustainable world. Closes 20 September 2017.
Advance Queensland Small Business Research Program — funding available to develop and test innovations that address specific challenges.
• Feasibility — share of $250K
• Proof of original concept — share of $500K.
Closes 25 September 2107.
Bendigo Inventors’ Awards 2017 — various categories relating to emergency services and disaster management. Closes 29 September 2017.
AusBiotech & Johnson & Johnson 2017 Industry Excellence Awards –
• Industry Leadership Award
• Australian Company of the Year
• Australian Emerging Company of the Year
Close 29 September 2017.
On Accelerator — full-time sci-tech accelerator program that brings together researchers, entrepreneurs and inspiring mentors. Closes 13 October 2017.
Jet Set Flying Start — $15K cash plus $15K travel for projects that enrich the lives of people in the local community. Closes 30 September 2017.
Start-up Open Global Competition — For innovative new businesses that are yet to raise outside capital. Closes 30 September 2017.
Myer Innovation Fellowships — $100K plus $30K travel/expenses to develop new ideas that address education, poverty & disadvantage, and/or sustainability & the environment. Closes 8 October 2017.
2018 Science & Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry. Grants to $22K for big ideas from 18–35 year olds that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Various categories. Closes 13 October 2017.
Clunies Ross Awards — for the application of technology that benefits Australia. Three categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Knowledge Commercialisation & Innovation. Closes 27 October 2017.
Digital Yacht’s Code a Float Challenge — $3.5K in prizes. A global competition for innovative code writers for game-changing ideas in marine navigation, communication, safety, control or entertainment. Closes 31 October 2017.
South Australian Early Commercialisation Fund — to $500K to commercialise new products and services. Also available for businesses seeking to relocate to SA. Ongoing.
• Phase 1 — to $50K for proof of concept
• Phase 2 — to $150K for product development
• Phase 3 — to $300K for early commercialisation
The Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund of up to $10m is offered to support business growth and new job creation as the Gippsland region shifts out of coal production. Ongoing.
Minimum Viability Product NSW — To $25K for NSW tech SMEs to create B2B solutions. Ongoing.
Entrepreneurs Programme — Three streams. Ongoing.
• Accelerating Commercialisation Grant — to $1 million for eligible projects.
• Business management — to $20K to implement business capability improvements.
• Innovation connections — to $50K for implementation of a business innovation project
Qld Business Development Fund — $125K to $2.5m for co-investment funding in companies with high growth / innovations in emerging industries. Must be Queensland-based. Ongoing.
Defence Industry & Innovation Programs:
• Defence Innovation Portal — ideas that comply with the Departments priority innovation needs.
• Next Generation Technologies Fund for R&D projects in future technologies.
ARENA — funding for renewable energy projects that align with key priority areas. Includes R&D, Advancing renewables, Renewable Energy VC Fund, and the Clean Energy Innovation Fund.
Export Market Development Grants — reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses over $5K if total expenses are at least $15K. Up to eight grants per eligible applicant. Ongoing.