A free one-on-one facilitated service to assist SMEs in establishing their research needs, Innovation Connections also offers access to funding and researcher placements to fast-track SME R&D projects.
Supported by the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs Programme, Innovation Connections is a free, no-obligation facilitated service to assist businesses in establishing their research needs and can result in any of the following grants the enable SME’s to fast-track their research and development:
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Our experienced team works with each SME to identify their individual business opportunities in both critical and strategic research (including new markets, materials, testing etc), and we then find the best scientists, engineers or technologies from across Australia’s research sector and make recommendations of how best to proceed. We take the stress out of grant funding by assisting with project design, applying for funding and providing guidance in contracting the project.
Innovation Connections projects are for 2-12 months in duration, and businesses are required to make a cash contribution that matches the value of the grant. Grants can be accessed at any time and are based on eligibility. Furthermore, each SME can access up to two Researcher Placements or Business Researcher placement grants, as well as one Graduate Placement grant.
In order to qualify for an Innovation Connections facilitation and subsequent funding, eligible SMEs must:
Our experienced SME Connect facilitators are based across Australia and can apply their breadth of industry experience in manufacturing, medtech, energy, food and agriculture industries to assist your business in identifying research needs and opportunities. Get in touch with one of our team for a free consultation.