Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF)Overview
This program aims to support small-scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing, and benefit smaller firms and early stage research. It will provide grants to SMEs for rapid initial feasibility testing, allowing the projects to then move quickly to larger-scale research or commercialisation.
The program forms part of the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund which will boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing.
Grants between $100,000 and $400,000 are available on 1:1 matched funding basis. The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project costs. Projects must be completed in 12 months.
A total funding pool of $4 million is available over four years from 2017-18 to 2020-21 with up to $1 million available in annual funding allocation.
Eligible applicants include Australian manufacturers that must:
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be an SME with less than 200 employees.
- Be non tax-exempt.
- Be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and be one of the following entities:
a) A company, incorporated in Australia.
b) An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.
- Have access to, or ownership of, the intellectual property (IP) necessary to conduct the project should it be required.
Joint applications are acceptable, provided there is a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project, and the lead applicant is eligible to apply.
Eligible activities must be directly related to the project, including (but not limited to):
- Equipment development, testing and installation
- Software development, testing and deployment
- Materials, consumables and laboratory disposables
- Salaries and consulting fees directly related to the activities in the project
- Travel and accommodation for field activities in Australia
- Capital expenditure where the equipment/works are directly related to the project
Projects must be industry led and involve collaboration with SMEs.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of ineligible expenditure/activities.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Technology readiness level (TRL).
- Alignment with AMGC’s Knowledge Priorities for business.
- Demonstration of advanced characteristics. AMGC research describes how industry transformation can be achieved through implementing one, or a combination of, the following traits:
a) Advanced knowledge: Continuously innovate with a high degree of R&D investment.
b) Advanced process: Focus on using state-of-the-art technology, become familiar with digitalisation.
c) Advanced business model: Offer niche solutions, often highly customised and highly valuable.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information of the assessment criteria.