Launch of Research Connections Element
The Entrepreneur’s Infrastructure Programme offers easy to access advice, assistance and tailored support to small and medium enterprises to help them become more self-reliant, competitive and growth focused.
The Program has three elements: Business Management, Research Connections and Commercialising Ideas. The program commenced on 1 July 2014 and has a phased delivery, where new services are progressively becoming available through to 1 January 2015.
The Research Connections element of the program is now open to applications.
Research Connections offers businesses a free, personalised, facilitated service with the opportunity to apply for a grant. Services will help small and medium-sized businesses become more competitive by collaborating with the research sector to develop new ideas with commercial potential, as well as identifying any knowledge gaps that prevent business growth.
Changes to eligibility
Coupled with the launch of the Research Connections element, eligibility for existing program services has changed, including for Business Evaluations and Business Growth Grants. Following the outcomes of recent stakeholder consultations, changes have been made to target support to businesses operating in key growth sectors within the Industry portfolio and technologies and services enabling growth in those sectors:
- Advanced Manufacturing;
- Food and Agribusiness;
- Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals;
- Mining Equipment, Technology and Services;
- Oil, Gas and Energy Resources; or
- Enabling Technologies and Services of the sectors listed above.
Changes have also been made to adjust the minimum turnover and expenditure thresholds and to consider the types and activities of corporations needed to be eligible for programme services and funds.
More information on eligibility, how to apply and the application form are available from business.gov.au/research-connections. For enquiries about Research Connections email RC@industry.gov.au or phone 13 28 46. More in depth face-to-face assistance is also available from AusIndustry’s national network.