Later this year the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will fund a pilot funding initiative to help progress early stage research and development (R&D) along the commercialisation pathway. This initiative has been designed to be delivered in conjunction with the CSIRO’s ON Prime program.
How to get involved
Read the guidelines
|Commercialisation of Research & Development Funding Initiative Pilot
Commercialisation of Research & Development Funding Initiative Pilot (PDF 275KB) (DOCX 131KB)
The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide information to Applicants on the objectives, application process, eligibility and assessment framework for applications to ARENA’s Commercialisation of R&D Funding Initiative Pilot.
The translation of R&D into real world impact is not straight forward, and researchers can have difficulty in obtaining funding for commercialisation activities as investors often require commercial analysis or a prototype before financial support will be considered.
An increase in support at this early stage could see an increase in the number of solutions being developed across the next decade to help accelerate Australia’s shift to affordable and reliable renewable energy.
To assist the translation process, ARENA will later this year offer up to $1 million in kick-start funding grants of $100K each, for projects of up to one year, to advance the development of a commercially viable product from renewable energy technology developed through R&D.
Activities that may be considered for funding include:
- prototype development and trials
- market research and customer analysis
- techno-economic analysis
- development of a market entry and market uptake strategy.
All renewable energy technologies, including hybrid and enabling technologies, will be eligible to apply. However, they must have achieved a Technology Readiness Level of at least 4 (PDF 80KB).
ARENA’s Commercialisation of R&D Funding Initiative Pilot has been designed in conjunction with CSIRO’s ON Prime program. Interested applicants must participate in ON Prime, which closed for applications on 4 March 2019. ARENA is evaluating the success of this pilot to consider if further rounds will be run.
As part of ON Prime, ARENA will also run a national, one-day renewable energy commercialisation workshop. At this workshop, teams will meet leaders and experts in the renewable energy sector, including industry representatives and potential commercialisation partners. ARENA will make available additional grant support to eligible participants to attend this workshop, please refer to the ARENA Renewable Energy Commercialisation Workshop Participation Scheme Guidelines and Letter Agreement.
The Commercialisation of R&D Funding Initiative Pilot will be open to applicants from 5 August to 2 September 2019.
ARENA ON Prime & Funding Information Sessions
All sessions have now been completed.
- FAQs – Commercialisation of Funding Initiative Pilot (PDF 111KB)
- Commercialisation of R&D Funding Initiative Pilot Information Session Slides (PDF 2MB)
For more information on this Funding Initiative please contact email@example.com