Sponsoring Agency: Sustainability Victoria
Type of Fund: Research and Development
Deadline Available: Available
Deadline Date (mm/dd/yyyy): 04/19/2021
Size of the Fund: USD $50,000 to $500,000
Sustainability Victoria (SV) will fund research institutes to partner with industry to undertake research to develop new uses for recycled priority materials.
The purpose of the Research and Development (R&D) Fund – Materials is to accelerate markets for recycled priority materials by developing innovative products and processes that will increase confidence and demand for recycled products in Victoria.
The R&D fund supports Research Institutes (Lead Applicant) and Industry Partner(s) to:
• research, develop and diversify products and processes using recycled priority materials
• collaborate on innovative solutions that increase the use of recycled materials
• improve and develop product standards and specifications for recycled materials
• improve confidence and demand for recycled priority materials.
SV is offering grants between $75,000 and $300,000 ($1: $1 co-contribution) for research that is innovative, sustainable and supports Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.
What are recycled priority materials?
For the Research and Development Fund – Materials, recycled priority materials include:
• paper and cardboard
SV will fund projects that increase the use of one or more recycled priority materials through development of new domestic end markets. These materials are prioritised under this Fund as the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to ban the export of these materials. These materials have specific supply side and/ or demand side barriers that could be overcome with the support of government.
What will be funded?
SV funding can be used for the following project costs:
• dedicated/additional staff costs to undertake the project (including project management and research)
• research and development activities (including product design and development, laboratory testing and altering existing processing approaches)
• costs that support development of specification and standards
• prototype development including any costs associated with manufacture
• leasing of equipment for product testing and validation
• procurement of materials and services supporting research and development
• consultancy or contract work, including outsourcing testing to an accredited laboratory (NATA or equivalent)
o Note: projects may outsource a specific component to an inter-state facility
• product testing and validation to ensure environmental and human health performance
• costs associated with undertaking a life cycle analysis.
To be eligible for funding applicants must:
• investigate at least one of the following recycled priority materials:
o paper and cardboard
• be a Victorian based Research Institute
• have a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and have been operating for a minimum of two years at the time of the application closing date
• provide evidence of accreditation (e.g. National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia or similar standard) if the applicant is a privately-owned research facility
• have at least one industry partner (Lead Industry Partner) who must have an ABN and operations in Victoria
• ensure all Industry Partners have a current ABN
• meet or exceed the minimum $1: $1 co-contribution requirement for funding
• have project activities that largely take place (more than 50%) in Victoria
• complete the project within two years of signing the funding agreement with SV.
More information at: https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/grants-funding-and-investment/grants-and-funding/recycling-victoria-research-and-development-fund-materials