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.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an Australian company number (ACN)
  • be registered for GST
  • have your primary place of business within Australia
  • demonstrate the ability to dollar-match the funding
  • have an annual turnover of less than $1.5 million, in the current and each of the two previous financial years, or
  • have been a registered company for less than three years

Eligibility criteria also apply to the proposed project.

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at CSIRO Kick-Start.

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