CSIRO Kick-Start

CSIRO Kick-Start provides matched funding for start-ups and small to medium enterprises to help access CSIRO's research expertise and capabilities to help grow your business.
Application detail:

Applications may be made at any time

What do you get?

Matched funding between $10,000 and $50,000.

Who is this for?

 Start-ups and small to medium enterprises.


The CSIRO Kick-Start program provides matched funding to Australian start-ups and very small SME’s to utilise CSIRO expertise to undertake research activities that will enable your business to:

  • research a new idea with commercial potential
  • develop a novel or improved product or process
  • test a novel product or material

Funding may be used to cover the costs of undertaking the project, and may include:

  • salary and on-costs of researcher(s)
  • travel and accommodation (if required)
  • administrative/overhead costs
  • external facilities access/services/contractor costs

Funding may not be used for capital works and expenditure or infrastructure costs.

Dollar-matched funding of between $10,000 and $50,000 is available. Eligible businesses are able to apply for a second Kick-Start project, after completion of their first, providing the total funding received does not exceed $50,000.

Check if you can apply

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an Australian company number (ACN)
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST)
  • have your primary place of business within Australia
  • demonstrate the ability to dollar-match the funding
  • have an annual turnover of less than $10 million, in the current and each of the 2 previous financial years, or
  • have been a registered company for less than 3 years

Eligibility criteria also apply to the proposed project.

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