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Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)


This programme aims to encourage SMEs to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges.

The pilot programme covers five challenges for which SMEs can develop solutions. These challenges include:
- On-the-spot technology for measuring pyrethroid surface residue.
- Tracking the effect and value of information products.
- Digitally enabled community engagement in policy and programme design.
- Improve transparency and reliability of water market information.
- Sharing information nationally to ensure child safety.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available to undertake a feasibility study on a proposed solution to a challenge. Following the completion of a feasibility study, grantees can apply for a further grant of $1 million for the development of a proof of concept.

Applicants can receive grant funding for more than one challenge at the same time or over time.

A total funding pool of up to $12 million is available, allocated as follows:
- $2 million for feasibility studies
- $10 million for proofs of concept

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be either:
a) A non-tax exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
b) An individual or partnership, provided the applicant agree to form a non-tax exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) with which a grant agreement could be entered into.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Have turnover of less than $20 million for each of the last three years. This includes the turnover of any related bodies corporate. If an Australian university or public sector research organisation controls the company, the turnover must be less than $20 million for each of the last three years.
- Be able to show they can fund any project costs the grant doesn't cover.

Newly established companies are welcome to apply.

Joint applications are acceptable, as long as they have an eligible lead applicant who is the primary project proponent.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of ineligible applicants.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
1. For feasibility studies
- A set of activities undertaken to scope and research the technical and commercial viability of an SME’s proposed solution to a challenge. These could include work to determine:
a) The technical viability of the proposed solution.
b) The novelty of the proposed solution compared to existing offerings.
c) The commercial potential of the proposed solution in domestic and/or international markets.

2. For proofs of concept
- Builds on a feasibility study, and involves undertaking a set of activities to produce a working prototype or demonstration of an innovative solution to a challenge. These include work to determine:
a) The nature, functionality and capabilities of the innovative solution.
b) Differentiation of the innovative solution from any similar existing products or services.
c) Performance of the innovative solution in the relevant operational environment(s).

Please refer to the website for the list of eligible activities for each challenge.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Extent to which the proposed solution meets the challenge.
- The applicant's capability and capacity to deliver the proposed solution to the challenge.
- Market opportunity.
- Value for money of the proposed solution given the level of funding sought.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information on these criteria.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2018-03-18 Download
Fact Sheet 2018-03-18 Download
FAQs 2018-03-18 Download
Sample Grant Agreement 2018-03-18 Download

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Status Pending
Start By Date 16 Jun 2017
Closing Date 30 Jun 2017
Closing Information
This programme is available biennially. The next funding round is expected to open early 2019.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $1.1M
Total Funding Pool $12M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Start-up / Establishment
Innovation and R&D
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Program Administrator
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit