Incubator Support – Expert in Residence

Incubator Support – Expert in Residence provides incubators with funding to gain new skills and expertise and help start-ups to succeed in international markets.

The grant is no longer available

Application detail:

The Incubator Support Initiative is no longer accepting applications.

What do you get?

$5,000 to $100,000 of matched project funding for up to 1 year.

Who is this for?

Australian incubators that provide services to start-ups to help them achieve commercial success in international markets.


Incubator Support – Expert in Residence supports incubators to increase their capabilities and improve the chance of commercial success for start-ups in international markets by organising and providing access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through incoming and outgoing secondments of national or international experts.

The experts you nominate must have the skills and expertise to:

  • work directly with your program’s start-ups to improve their chance of international commercial success
  • increase the capabilities of your incubator

We also assist successful applicants to access public data through the DataStart program and will promote start-ups through case studies on the portal.

The initiative is one of 4 elements that form the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for an Expert in Residence grant, you must be either:

  • be an existing incubator or establishing a new incubator that can foster and facilitate the development of innovative start-ups focused on international trade

You must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO)
  • a local government agency or body

Your project must:

  • include eligible activities and expenditure
  • have an eligible project value of at least $10,000

Read the Grant opportunity guidelines for more information on the eligibility criteria.

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The Incubator Support – Expert in Residence grant is no longer accepting applications.

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Grant recipients

View list of applicants that have been offered funding under Incubator Support - Expert in Residence

Customer stories

We’re proud of the funding we’ve provided to support Australian businesses. Learn about some of our previous customers and how the Entrepreneurs' Programme has helped them.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Incubator Support Initiative is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. It aims to help businesses to:

  • improve their growth capabilities and networks
  • engage with researchers
  • foster innovation
  • encourage commercialisation of novel products, processes or services

Transform your business with expert advice that money can’t buy, and financial support through access to grants.

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Fact sheet Incubator Support Initiative

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Accountants Declaration for grants over $50,000

DataStart program information sheet