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Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF)
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The AMESRF is a $4 million funding initiative, and forms part of the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund which will boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing. The grant will run over four years with funding of $1 million per year from 2017–18 to 2020–21.
The intent of the AMESRF is to support small-scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing, and benefit smaller firms and early stage research. The fund will provide grants to SMEs for rapid initial feasibility testing, allowing the projects to then move quickly to larger-scale research or commercialisation.
Grants between $100,000 and $400,000 are available.
To be eligible the applicant must:
• have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
• be an SME with less than 200 employees
• be non tax-exempt
• be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
and be one of the following entities:
• a company, incorporated in Australia
• an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.
Applicants must have access to, or ownership of, the intellectual property (IP) necessary to conduct the Project should it be required.
Project participants must demonstrate the financial capacity to complete the project. This could be demonstrated through the provision of financial accounts during the EOI stage of the application process. The AMESRF grant will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).
To be eligible the Applicant’s project must be industry led and involve collaboration with SMEs.
Applicants can submit an expression of interest (EOI) at any time throughout the year. EOI templates can be found on the AMGC website.
The EOI is a one-page description of the project and anticipated outcomes. The AMGC will evaluate project proposals in order of receipt and provide applicants with written feedback on whether the proposal has satisfied the eligibility and minimum requirements of the merit criteria.
Proposals that satisfy both sets of criteria will be invited to complete a full AMESRF Project Application.