Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) Project Fund ProgrammeOverview
This programme aims to support innovation projects that encourage collaboration between small and large businesses in the food and agribusiness sector, to lift productivity and competitiveness.
It is a competitive programme guided by the priorities of the Industry Growth Centre Initiatives and aims to deliver innovation projects that address one of the four objectives of the growth centres:
- Identifying opportunities to reduce regulatory burden.
- Increasing collaboration and commercialisation between researchers and industry.
- Improving capabilities to engage with international markets and global supply chains.
- Enhancing management and workforce skills.
Grants between $100,000 and $2 million are available on a matched funding basis.
Eligible applicants include collaborative partnerships involving multiple industry players across the food and agribusiness value chain. The consortium must include at least two businesses (i.e. companies or other legal entities carrying on business who propose to commercialise the outcomes from the research) and one or more of the following:
- Research organisations (Must be able to participate in the commercialisation of the project outcomes and like other consortium members must provide a cash contribution.)
- Government and government agencies
All consortium members must carry on business in Australia, or principally in Australia and:
- Have a registered ABN or ACN.
- Must be able to demonstrate a trading history of at least one year at the date of application. FIAL takes trading history as the date of the first sales, not the registration of an ABN or CAN.
Companies with an Australian operating base, but where ownership is external to Australia must demonstrate that the benefit of the project is principally to the Australian base operations, or their Australian suppliers, supply chains and customer.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.
Eligible projects include:
- Those that demonstrate a clear innovation and/or sector challenge that the consortium is unable to resolve with their internal capabilities or resources.
- Those with a research/development/investigation phase of up to a maximum of two years.
- Internal training to upskill staff, develop business plans or change business practices to support the commercialisation of the project outcomes.
- Renovation or the extension of facilities, such as buildings or laboratories, but only if the primary purpose of those facilities is to achieve the outcomes of the project.
- Purchase of equipment by the consortium where the equipment is for research purposes and is available for use by the wider sector, outside the consortium, but cannot exceed 20% of the consortium contribution. Equipment costs above 20% must be provided as in-kind by the consortium.
- Social science projects undertaken to better understand consumer, customer or market behavior.
- Projects investigating supply chain options and impacts.
- At farm, or cross farm gate projects where there is consumer value add for products or knowledge generated, not just at-farm benefit.
- Education and learning projects where they involve investigation, application and/or adaptation of learning principles to bring change to innovation or business management approaches within the food and agribusiness sector.
- Software development associated with the creation of a new technology.
Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Does the project address one or more Growth Centre priorities or knowledge or management capability priority areas?
- Is there clear consumer/market insights?
- What is the consumer or customer value proposition?
- Is there a viable path to market? (i.e. there must be a clear commercial channel and partners identified for the uptake of the solution provided from the research)
- What is the rationale for the government to fund this project?
- What is the likelihood of success and what are the risks for this project?
- What is the nature of the project and what is the product or service that will be developed as a result of the project?
- How will the project help access markets?
- What are the internal gaps in capability that have prevented you from realising this project?
- What internal training is required to support the project?
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Collection or generation of market or consumer data, other than infield testing of consumer responses to products as part of the research.
- Software development for application in production. Software development associated with the creation of a new technology may be eligible but must be reviewed with FIAL prior to application submission.
- Business or quality systems development or implementation (however, this may be reviewed for micro businesses with less than 20 staff and less than $1.5 million p.a. sales).
- Joint venture and/or business start-up costs.
- Initial scoping investigations, made prior to product development.
- Shipping or transport trials unless part of a development project.
- Purchase of plant or equipment for production.
- Purchase of new/second hand production, analytical and/or supply chain equipment for production.
- Research & Development
- Business Support