Funding opportunities

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The Federal and State Governments offer several funding programs to support collaborative research between the University and industry. UOW has a proven track record of efficiently securing government grants with industry partners. The Innovation and Commercial Research Unit can provide expert advice on funding options, applications processes and expected timelines. The table below outlines some of the funding sources that we have found to be most effective for collaborative research.

Example of funding opportunities from government*


Tech Vouchers

Collaboration VouchersInnovation ConnectionsAPR Internship

R&D Tax Incentive

ARC Linkage

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC)

Source NSW Treasury NSW Treasury/UOW Australian Government Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Australian Government

Australian Research Council

Australian Government
Amount^ Up to $15,000 Up to $35,000 Up to $50,000
$13,000  Tax offset   Up to $300,000 p.a Varies
  • Access to research facilities and equipment
  • Product or process design activities
  • Prototype and concept validation
  • Experimental process to develop and research new product or 
  • Supply chain collaboration 


  • Test and develop new ideas with commercial potential
  • Researcher in the business
  • Researcher from the business in to a research organisation
  • Identify new markets and opportunities
  • Commercialise results quickly (3-5 mths) 
  • Fill a skills gap and assess potential employees
  • Access university expertise
  • UOW is a registered Research Service Provider.
  • Companies interested in partnering with UOW may be eligible
  • Project to answer questions or solve problems for strategic benefit and/or competitive advantage
  • The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community.
  • Focus on research and development towards use
Company requirements

Small or Medium Enterprise (SME), NSW Based,  Operating> 2 years

Min two companies collaborating together at least one NSW based SME Australian Based operating> 3 years, turn over $1.5 million and $100 million, growth sectors only Na Na Na Varies for each CRC

*Government programs change name and requirements from time to time. Please refer to linked sites for current program details. Summary details in the table were checked for accuracy in January 2020. 

^ The amount in the table is the matched amount. For example for Tech Vouchers, NSW Treasury with provide up to $15,000 for eligible projects. This means that if the project value is $30,000, NSW Treasury will contribute $15,000 of the project cost and the industry partner will also contribute $15,000 for their project (plus GST). Industry partners are generally invoiced 50% upfront and 50% on final completion.

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