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The latest round of the Federal Government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) has been announced. The $12 million available in this round is for to start-ups and SMEs to develop innovative solutions to national environmental challenges.

The five environmental challenges identified are revolutionising agricultural spray application, turning farm crops into a renewable hydrogen source, counting fish using advanced technologies, automating the detection of whales at sea, and turning office trash into energy.

Applicants can receive grants of up to $100,000 to conduct a feasibility study and, if successful, up to $1 million to develop a proof of concept.

Relevant government agencies will have the option to purchase these solutions at the end of the proof of concept stage. You will retain intellectual property rights and the right to sell your product or solution in domestic and global markets.

To be eligible you need to have an ABN and have a turnover of less than $20 million for the last three years.
For more information and to apply, visit the online portal:


Previous rounds of the BRII have addressed national challenges such as on-the-spot technology for measuring pyrethroid surface residue and intelligent data to transform tourism service delivery.
Applications for the current round close on 10 September 2020.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to call or email The Macro Group.


Date Published: 27 July 2020

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