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Funding Opportunities


We have a number of opportunities available for funding applications. Our programs and funding priorities allow us to provide advice, suitability and guidance on your proposal. Choose from the relevant opportunity below and follow the application instructions step by step.

  • Advancing Renewables Program (ARP)

    ARP supports a range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects. This includes opportunities to optimise the transition to renewable electricity, commercialise clean hydrogen and support the transition to low emissions metals.

    • Status: Ongoing
  • Industrial Energy Transformation Studies Program

    The Industrial Energy Transformation Studies Program aims to assist large energy users to undertake studies to identify opportunities to lower energy costs and reduce emissions.

    • Status: On hold
  • Regional Australia Microgrid Pilots Program

    The Regional Australia Microgrid Pilots Program (RAMPP) supports pilot demonstrations of microgrid technologies in rural and regional Australia.

    • Status: Open
  • Innovation Fund

    Emerging Australian technologies & businesses that can accelerate Australia’s transition to a renewable energy economy.

    • Status: Ongoing

These funding opportunities are no longer accepting applications. Successful projects will be publicly announced at a later date and when available, can be found by visiting our newsroom.

  • Future Fuels Fund

    The Future Fuels Fund aims to reduce barriers to businesses and fleets to choose new vehicle technologies in the road transport sector.

    • Status: Temporarily Closed
  • Research and Development

    Renewable energy technologies that will increase commercial deployment within Australia.

    • Status: Closed
  • Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round

    ARENA is providing up to $70 million in funding to support the acceleration of hydrogen in Australia through the Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round.

    • Status: Closed
  • Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund (REVC)

    REVC fosters skills and management capability. It encourages investment in innovative Australian renewable energy companies to strengthen their chance of success.

    • Status: Closed
  • Commercialisation of R&D Funding Initiative Pilot

    This initiative has been designed to be delivered in conjunction with the CSIRO’s ON Prime program.

    • Status: Closed

These funding opportunities are no longer accepting applications. Click on the relevant opportunity to learn more about the program and its successful applicants, or stay up-to-date with information about our Projects and Knowledge Bank.

  • System Security

    ARENA is allocating up to $7 million of funding towards activities focused on the provision of power system security and strength services from innovative methods or technologies that are non-traditional sources of those services.

    • Funds allocated: $7m
    • Status: Past
  • Addressing Solar PV End-of-Life Issues and Lowering Solar PV Cost

    Supporting R&D to address end-of-life issues for solar PV panels, as well as lowering their cost.

    • Funds allocated: $15m
    • Status: Past
  • Short Term Forecasting Funding Round

    Activities focused on 5-minute ahead self-forecasting for wind and solar farms operating in the NEM.

    • Funds allocated: $10m
    • Status: Past
  • Distributed Energy Resources

    Pilot projects and studies to integrate distributed energy resources into the electricity system.

    • Funds allocated: $12.5m
    • Status: Past
  • Demand Response

    Managing electricity supply during extreme peaks.

    • Funds allocated: $37.5m
    • Status: Past
  • Large-Scale Solar

    Supporting further cost reduction in large-scale solar PV.

    • Status: Past
  • Renewable Hydrogen for Export

    Developing a potential renewable energy export supply chain, centred around hydrogen and related carrier materials.

    • Funds allocated: $22.1m
    • Status: Past
  • Solar Research & Development

    Reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of solar PV.

    • Funds allocated: $29.2m
    • Status: Past
  • Industry and Researcher Collaboration

    Supporting collaboration between industry and the research sector focused on innovative renewable energy technologies that integrate renewable energy into networks, buildings and industrial processes.

    • Funds allocated: $17m
    • Status: Past
  • Solar Research Excellence

    Promoting excellence in solar research and build on Australia’s reputation for delivering world-leading photovoltaic and concentrating solar thermal technologies.

    • Funds allocated: $21.5m
    • Status: Past
  • International Engagement Program

    Supporting Australian representation and access to global forums, which are dedicated to creating and sharing knowledge on renewable energy research, deployment, markets, policies and regulations.

    • Funds allocated: $4.8m
    • Status: Past
  • Emerging Renewables Program

    Supporting a broad range of development, demonstration and early stage deployment projects to lower the cost and increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia.

    • Status: Past
  • Regional Australia’s Renewables

    Supporting trials of renewable energy solutions, including hybrid systems, in regional and remote locations with the aim of increasing the use of these technologies for power generation once they become affordable.

    • Status: Past
  • Accelerated Step Change Initiative (ASCI)

    Supporting exceptional, breakthrough projects that were not otherwise eligible under existing ARENA funding programs.

    • Status: Past
  • The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE)

    ACRE was established in 2009 to promote the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy and enabling technologies and improve their competitiveness in Australia.

    • Funds allocated: $690m+
    • Status: Past
  • Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

    ARENA assumed responsibility for projects under the following programs managed by the former Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

    • Status: Past
  • Australian Solar Institute

    The Australian Solar Institute (ASI) operated from August 2009 before being merged into ARENA on 31 December 2012. ASI developed a portfolio approaching $450 million in value from the initial $150 million, supporting over 350 solar researchers across more than 120 projects.

    • Funds allocated: $150m
    • Status: Past
  • Post Fellowship Doctorate

    The Post Fellowship Doctorate is a legacy funding program.

    • Status: Past
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