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Research and Development grant cheat sheet

R&D grants can give your company more bang for its buck
Think your small-to-medium enterprise (SME) or start-up can’t afford to partner with medicine and health researchers to develop innovative offerings? Think again. Here’s a list of key research and development (R&D) grants and incentives you can leverage for maximum impact.

For companies looking to develop disruptive new technologies and gain a competitive edge, partnering with world-leading university researchers makes surprisingly good business sense.

A whole range of funding opportunities and tax incentives are offered by government, the University of Sydney and other bodies specifically to support firms partnering with university researchers.

Learn more about key medicine and health research and development opportunities available to your company: 

Commercialisation, translation, and industry linked grants



All industry growth centres  

There are a range of funding sources via the industry growth centres. One is MTPConnect and others are listed here.


A commercialisation acceleration program, where participants work with ANDHealth and an industry team of experts to drive growth in their business, with two stages of project funding made available through the ANDHealth Digital Health Accelerator Fund. 


ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH)

Engages Australia's best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce.

The scheme supports collaborative research activity, between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable.

Provides funding to Eligible Organisations to engage in cutting-edge research on new technologies and economic, commercial and social transformation which support the development of research outcomes that benefit industry partners in the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC)

Fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training, for end-user focused research industries that are vital to Australia's future.


  • foster opportunities for Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial training.
  • drive growth, productivity and competitiveness by linking to key growth sectors.
  • enhance competitive research collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector
  • strengthen the capabilities of industries and other research end-users in identified Industrial Transformation Priority areas.

ARC Linkage Projects







Support the development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry and other research end-users, in order to:

  • apply advanced knowledge to problems; 
  • provide opportunities for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas. 

Must include at least one partner organisation.

ARC Special Research initiatives (SRI)  

The SRI scheme provides funding to:

  • support cooperative activities amongst researchers;
  • cooperative development of national and international linkages; 
  • cooperative development of innovative research areas;
  • activities aimed at building the scale and focus of research and research training; and 
  • other activities that the ARC judges to be consistent with the scheme’s objectives.

Funding may also be used to develop networks and initiate collaborations that would be unlikely to occur otherwise and, where appropriate, disseminate the outcomes of the collaborative activities funded under the scheme.

ARIIA Grants Program

ARII Round 4 of Grants will go organisations aiming to improve aged care via service delivery, technology and quality of care.

Over the course of 2022-2024, the ARIIA Grant Program will consist of up to six rounds.

ARIIA will fund projects with a maximum of $160,000 (ex GST) each along with mandatory co-contributions to support translational research projects running for a 12-month period.

ARIIA is committed to awarding 60% of these grants to projects that have been developed through the Innovator Training Program and/or Aged Care Partnering Program.

BioMedTech Horizons (MTPConnect)

Funds innovative and collaborative health technologies. It drives discoveries that address key health challenges towards proof-of-concept and commercialisation, maximising entrepreneurship and idea potential.

There is no specific disease focus area, however applicant will be expected to demonstrate how, through the usage of their device, the health and wellbeing of Australians will be improved with the potential to reduce the disease burden

The medical device to be developed will be a physical device that is a smart monitoring device, diagnostic, personalised implant or a bionics device with a minimum classification of Class IIa as per TGA guidelines.

Brandon Biocatalyst CUREator

CUREator was established by Brandon BioCatalyst in 2021 as a new approach for bridging the gap between where research grant funding ends and commercial investment begins.

CUREator has received $90M in funding from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund and $6M from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.

CUREator is a national biotechnology incubator run by Brandon BioCatalyst to support and accelerate the development of Australian biomedical research and innovations.

CUREator provides grant funding programs targeting biomedical opportunities spanning from discovery to clinical development.

CDIP fund for research commercialisation

Provides critical financial support for research projects with commercial potential

COKPI-T Funding

Researchers submit innovative ideas related to therapeutic targets and technologies for drug discovery to gain funding to support their research financially to confirm their concepts. 

CRC program

Offer co-funding for industry-led research. A CRC must include at least 1 Australian business, and 1 research organisation, to be eligible for funding.


Projects must:
  • develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver real outcomes;
  • benefit small to medium enterprises (SMEs); and
  • include education and training activities.
Clinical Translation & Commercialisation - MedTech Program (CTCM)

MTPConnect’s CTCM program with industry partners identifies innovative medical devices that will support early clinical innovations and generate commercial returns. 

The $19.75M funding will nurture high-quality, home-grown medical device projects with strong commercial potential.

The program offers financial assistance, educational support and infrastructure access to Australian SMEs supporting early clinical development, in partnership with Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA), Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), Cicada Innovations, the BridgeTech Program and Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA).  

Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) opportunities

Established in 1958 as part of the U.S. Department of Defence, DARPA pursues opportunities for transformational change rather than incremental advances.

It does so collaboratively as part of a robust innovation ecosystem that includes academic, corporate, and governmental partners.

To fulfill its mission, the Agency relies on diverse performers from throughout this ecosystem to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to both advance knowledge through basic research and create innovative technologies that address current and predicted practical problems through applied research.

Dementia Grants Program - Research Translation Grants

(Also known as Dr Stuart and Bonnie Bartle Research Translation Grant)

The Dr Stuart and Bonnie Bartle Research Translation Grant in Dementia Care aims to accelerate the real-world adoption of strategies that contribute to best practice approaches to dementia care.

The scheme aims to attract proposals from new and established groups, which may be multi-disciplinary and include members with expertise in knowledge translation or implementation science.

Development of Software for Data Science in Infectious and Immune-Mediated Diseases Research (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding opportunity from National Institute of Health (NIH) to solicit applications for the development of software to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, visualisation, and dissemination of data and knowledge for data science research on infectious and immune-mediated diseases (IID).

Relevant IID data science research comprises, but is not limited to, computational methods to better understand disease mechanism, risk prediction, epidemiology, detection and diagnosis, treatment, and vaccines, aligned with the research mission of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

DigitalHealth CRC (Cooperative Research Centre)

DHCRC working with healthcare providers and industry to identify problems and connect them with expertise to solve them. They take submissions for emerging digital health solutions through the idea submission process. 

DSF Research Grant Programs

Dravet Syndrome Foundation’s Research Grant Programs offers funding for research directly related to Dravet syndrome and associated disorders.

These grants fund initial research hypotheses that have not been fully explored. The results extracted from this type of research will help bring untested research to the point that it can qualify for larger governmental funding.

Research applications are judged principally on novelty of the hypotheses, innovative approaches with a direct relevance and application to Dravet syndrome and related epilepsies, scientific quality, strength of approach, and likelihood of success.

Genesis Accelerator Program

The Genesis program supports founders with mentoring, a supportive entrepreneurial community and a chance to win $25,000 in the biannual startup program.

International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Grant Opportunity (MRFF)

Aims to ensure the next generation of talented Australians have the capacity to make and progress great medical discoveries and promotes opportunities for active clinical researchers to work in partnership with professional colleges and industry.

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

Advanced International Collaborative Research Program - Adopting Sustainable Partnerships for an Innovative Research.

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) will support international collaborative research between Japanese and foreign researchers based in several leading research countries to support the following aims to:

  • create scientific breakthrough by promoting the entry of researchers into top international research circles which are consist of researchers from several leading research countries with high scientific and technological standards and encouraging research collaboration.
  • contribute to a foundation for sustainable participation and collaboration in top international circles for decades to come by nurturing young researchers and strengthening their connections.


Medical Devices Fund

A competitive technology program that encourages and supports investment in the development and commercialisation of medical devices and related technologies in NSW.

Provides support to individuals, companies, public and private hospitals, medical research institutes, universities and the medical devices industry to take local innovation to market.

Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF)

The MRCF is the largest life science investment fund in Australia and New Zealand. They are a unique collaboration between major Australian superannuation funds, the Australian and New Zealand governments, Australian state governments and over 50 leading medical research institutes and research hospitals.

MRFF 2023 Global Health Grant Opportunity

This program provides organisations with funding of up to $2 million over two years from 2023-24 to improve the understanding of infections in hospitals that drive antimicrobial resistance and develop interventions to reduce infections. MRFF 2023 closes on 20 September 2023.

MRFF BioMedTech Incubator

Funds the most suitable organisation who can identify and select a number of Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) undertaking early-stage medical research and medical innovation projects that have commercial potential.

The successful organisation, in partnership with SMEs, aims to progress and support medical research and medical innovation projects.

MRFF Clinical Trials Activity Initiative – 2023 International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Clinical Trials Activity Initiative aims to

  • enable or support: the evidence base supporting clinical care; 
  • patients access trials relevant to their health circumstances; and 
  • researchers to bring international trials to Australian patients. 

It offers up to $12,600,000.00 total amount and closes on 7 February 2024.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) Incubator research grant

THE MSRA Incubator grants provide seed funding for the early stages of innovative new research efforts, with the aim of generating preliminary data needed to support future grant applications.

NHMRC Centre Research Excellence (CRE)

Improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. The CRE scheme will also support researchers in capacity building activities, including in specific areas of need identified by NHMRC.

NHMRC Clinical trials and cohort studies

Supports high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies that address important gaps in knowledge, leading to relevant and implementable findings for the benefit of human health.

Teams of up to 10 Chief Investigators may seek funding for up to five years. Laboratory-based research or mechanistic studies that are not clinical trials or cohort studies should be directed to other grant opportunities, such as the NHMRC’s Ideas Grant Scheme. 

NHMRC Development

Proof-of-concept stage projects that specifically drive towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe.

NHMRC Partnership

Provides funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

Partnership Projects create partnerships among decision makers, policy makers, managers, clinicians and researchers.

Pipeline Accelerator TIA (Therapeutics Innovation Australia)

Supports and facilitates researcher and SME access to a diverse range of Australian translational medical research capabilities.

One specific mechanism, providing rapid, entry level access is via a voucher-style scheme - the Pipeline Accelerator. 

The Brain and Mind Centre Partnership Program

Promotes research partnerships between researchers and industry, community and health organisations with the aim of establishing meaningful, long-lasting strategic collaborations with industry and other research end-users.

This program provides up to $50,000 in funding to successful applicants, with some matched funding from a partner, for work in neuroscience and mental health across child, youth and ageing domains. 

Expressions of interest close on 30 September 2024.

TTRA projects (MTPConnect)

Provide between $200,000-$750,000 to help eligible organisations develop innovative preventative, diagnostic, therapeutic and/or disease management products/solutions for identified priorities associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Various opportunities

Refer to the Office for Global Health 

Training, mentoring and development programs linked to commercialisation




Domestic and international student placements - connects PhD students with industry through short-term internships.

These opportunities empower students to thrive in a practical research environment and for businesses to innovate and be future-ready.

Our program also links businesses to fresh ideas and provides pathways for universities to expand research collaborations with industry.

Not for profit program. Specifically, women and underrepresented STEM, indigenous and disadvantaged students.

Activate Accelerator River City Labs

Activate with River City Labs, a program designed to get your idea off the ground. 

For early-stage startups looking to get direct access to coaches Mentors and Entrepreneurs who will coach your startup to activate! 

Weekly mentoring sessions, invites to networking events and opportunity to pitch to VCs.

Biodesign Australia

Multidisciplinary teams are assembled after a competitive application process. Each team consists of five people, from a healthcare, science, engineering, business and a wildcard discipline. Team members are from all career levels but are not specialists within the area of immersion.

Each team is placed, for a brief period, within a hospital department (e.g., an emergency department, surgical department etc). During this period, the teams undertake needs analysis, observing and questioning processes that are considered common practice.

Through this process, teams identify potential solutions (i.e., a new medical device, software solution or process) and narrow this down to an ideas shortlist. 

Biomedical Translation Bridge program (MTPConnect)

A $22.3 million Medical Research Future Fund initiative, that provides up to $1 million in matched funding to nurture the translation of new therapies, technologies and medical devices through to the proof-of-concept stage, including:
  • de-risk and develop ventures so that they can attract further funding opportunities.
  • nurture and mentor the next generation of health and medical research innovators in Australia.
  • develop ventures to become attractive to the Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF).
  • assist in the development of ventures that aim to ultimately result in preventative interventions, cures.  
  • treatments for diseases that address health problems of national significance.

Bridge program (MTPConnect)

Equips researchers and entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills and networks to enable the successful commercialisation of new pharmaceuticals.

Delivered by Queensland University of Technology, the Bridge Program is funded by MTPConnect and a consortium of 10 pharmaceutical companies and universities. 

Bridgetech program (MTPConnect)

A national professional development program that trains researchers and entrepreneurs on how to effectively navigate the commercialisation pathway of new medical technologies. Learn skills on medical devices.

Commercialisation training program (CICADA)

Supports the medical and health sector by investing in their people to build capacity, form stronger networks across the state and nurture innovative medical technologies.

Fast-tracks innovative ideas that will revolutionise the healthcare sector, improve patient outcomes, and provide economic opportunities for emerging MedTech and Biotech businesses in NSW.

This end-to-end Program consists of three verticals which are broken down into seminars and courses. This Program is available to NSW innovators for the next four years and best of all, it is free.

CSIRO ON Program

The ON program is delivered as part of a broad suite of innovation initiatives. The directive of our innovation program remains the same as when the ON program was first formed to fast-track technology and ideas into the market and to get it into people's hands more quickly.

Originally developed as part of CSIRO's Innovation Catalyst in 2015, the ON program has delivered industry-leading innovation training and support to thousands of people from Australian universities and research institutes.

Our program of events and experiences delivered throughout this time (including ON Accelerate and ON Prime) has been successful in driving impact and creating cultural change.

Falling Walls Lab  

Winners of the three-minute pitch at the Falling Walls Lab can participate in the international Falling Walls Science Summit extended programs, coaching, networking, workshopping and career development areas. Finalists compete for the Emerging Talents category.

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But what is an LLC? How does it operate? How is it registered with the state? This guide provides an excellent introduction to this kind of business entity and answers frequently asked questions.

Incubate ProtoX

ProtoX is a free part-time mentoring program created to support individuals and teams from within the University of Sydney community who are committed to building a startup or delivering impactful research.

Delivered by INCUBATE, the award-winning startup program, ProtoX is backed by industry learning and facilitated by mentors with depth of experience in startups and research commercialisation. ProtoX has two unique specialised programs:

  • ProtoX: Research to Impact – supporting the translation and commercialisation of research from The University of Sydney.
  • ProtoX for Startups supporting early-stage startups for any sector. 

Medtech Actuator Accelerator

The Accelerator is a 15-month accelerator for prototype stage MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech startups. Industry-led, venture backed program will accelerate your technology development, build your team capability and provide a pathway to access up to $3m+ pre-seed to series A investment.

Connect you to global startup pathways, leading you into clinical trials, advanced manufacturing and at-scale technology deployment. Milestone momentum in the program will be rewarded with capital injection points.

Startup Funding Explained

As with all businesses, the funding of startups is an important and complex task. The startup culture has developed its own nuanced funding patterns in the past couple of decades.It can be tricky to navigate if you’re not familiar with the lingo and the important players at each stage.

This easy-to-follow guide could be the quickest way to navigate through each stage of the complex startup funding task.

Spark Training Program (DDI)

SPARK is a translational research and education program that provides training, mentorship, and milestone funding to research teams working in early-stage drug development. 

WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program (J&J)

The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers.

J&J is looking to identify global women leading in both their research fields and leading as mentors, to be a vision for girls and other women in STEM2D.

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