Closure of program

The Accelerating Commercialisation program closed on 9 May 2023.

Applications submitted after this date will not proceed.

Applications submitted before the closure will be progressed following the grant guidelines.

If you are an existing recipient of Accelerating Commercialisation:

  • you will continue to be supported by your facilitator until 30 June 2023
  • if you have a funding agreement in place, your agreement will be honoured and you will be able to complete your project as outlined in your grant agreement
  • one of the Accelerating Commercialisation team members will contact you by email to provide more details.

Accelerating Commercialisation

Accelerating Commercialisation is a service under the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs’ Programme that provided advice and funding to get your novel product, process or service to market.
This grant is currently closed to applications
Application detail:New applications for this program closed on 9 May 2023.

What do you get?

You’ll be paired with an independent facilitator. Your facilitator will make recommendations to take your project from prototype to your first commercial sales and they’ll help you apply for the commercialisation grant. 

Who is this for?

Businesses, start-ups and researchers who have a novel product, process or service ready to scale up and commercialise in global markets.  


Accelerating Commercialisation has 2 key stages:

  • guidance stage, which connects you with a facilitator
  • grant stage, to fund your commercialisation project.

A customer service manager will contact you to discuss your application and ensure your project meets the novel criteria for Accelerating Commercialisation. One your application is approved, your facilitator will work with you to give recommendations on your business and support you to apply for the merit based Accelerating Commercialisation grant.

There's no upfront cost for Accelerating Commercialisation guidance. However, you'll need to invest your time to get the most out of it. If you are applying for a grant you will need to commit resources such as matched funding, staff, facilities or equipment, depending on the nature of the project.

Our delivery partners i4Connect, who provide Accelerating Commercialisation services nationally, are hosting information sessions. They'll take you through the guidance and grant stages and you can speak to them about your project.

Your facilitator will develop recommendations and a plan for your commercialisation project, including:

  • areas for improvement in your business and commercialisation strategies
  • opportunities for specialist advice, expertise and to expand your business networks
  • pathways to commercialise your intellectual property
  • alternate ways to raise capital and pursue other funding avenues.

To get your project to the commercialisation stage after receiving guidance, you can apply for the Accelerating Commercialisation grant. This grant is awarded based on how well your application meets the merit criteria.

Your facilitator will continue to provide support throughout the grant process.

Your matched grant will cover 50% of the cost of your project, up to the maximum amount agreed. The minimum grant amount is $50,000.

  • Up to $500,000 for Research Commercialisation Entities and Eligible Partner Entities
  • Up to $1 million of matched project funding for all other applicants.

The minimum grant period is 12 months and a maximum of 2 years.

The grant may be applied for in progressive stages, up to the maximum dollar amount as long as it is for the same novel product, process or service.

When you apply for the grant, you must prove your ability to fund your half of the contribution, without in-kind (non-financial) contributions or other government grants or programs. The remaining costs of your project, beyond the matched grant amounts, will need an additional contribution from you or your investors.

Grant assessment

Your final grant application will be submitted to the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Committee, who are a subcommittee of Industry Innovation and Science Australia – an independent statutory body. The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources will determine whether your application is eligible and the committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria as part of this process.

The assessment criteria for the grant are:

  • impact of the grant, such as your need for funding, whether your project supports the growth sectors and the broader economic benefits expected
  • management capability, including how you will structure your business around the project and the management plan you have in place to complete the project
  • market opportunity (including how your product, process or service is novel), outlining how your project meets an unmet market niche and providing evidence of buyer demand
  • value proposition, highlighting why a customer would choose this product, process or service you intend to commercialise
  • project delivery, providing a plan for delivery of your project that includes initiation, planning, execution and closure.

The grant opportunity guidelines have further information about the assessment criteria.

A novel project is a genuine innovation with evidence of a compelling value proposition, backed-up by market demand for the novel product, process or service.

A novel product, process or service is significantly different to any previous innovations in the market or industry in which the product, process or service is intended to be traded in Australia or globally.

Someone else should not be able to easily replicate your product, process or service without doing a significant amount of research and development.

Examples of novel projects our clients have worked on include:

  • CitrusAd founders, Brad Moran and Nick Paech, created unique self-service software for e-commerce retailers, allowing them total control over when, where and how often their ads are shown.
  • Rob Watkins, owner of Natural Evolution, discovered that green bananas that would otherwise be wasted could be turned into a new kind of gluten free flour through a novel process of extraction.


You can apply if your business meets the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this opportunity. You can apply if you:

  • have an eligible business structure
  • are a Research Commercialisation Entity or Eligible Partner Entity
  • have a project with a novel product, process service
  • have evidence of your ability to fund at least 50% of eligible project expenditure.

Your business will:

  • have an annual turnover of less than $20 million for the last 3 financial years combined
  • be non-tax exempt
  • be registered for the goods and services tax (GST).

It must also be one of the following entities:

  • a company incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation
  • a Research Commercialisation Entity or Eligible Partner Entity.

If your business is a company, your trading activities must:

  • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation
  • be substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

Your business will have a turnover or operating expenditure of less than $20 million for each of the last 3 financial years. If you are a Research Commercialisation Entity or Eligible Partner Entity, this turnover must be in isolation of less than $20 million for each financial year, 3 years prior.

Not eligible

You are not eligible if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

Your project will be a novel product, process, or service, significantly different to any previous innovation that offers value and solutions to the market or industry it will be traded in.

Your novel project will need to demonstrate:

  • scalability, offering a one to many solution if it is a service
  • technical feasibility, with research and development for your working prototype
  • market acceptance, but not had its first sales
  • intent for trade within Australia and/or overseas markets
  • ability to rapidly increase trade and make sales across multiple markets
  • ownership, access to or beneficial use of, any existing intellectual property.

Activities that are not eligible for your project include:

  • research and development or technical experiments to create your prototype
  • increasing production or marketing for product, process, or service that have had commercial sales
  • internally focussed innovations and solutions that won’t reach an external market
  • developing iterations of your existing product, process, or service.

The grant opportunity guidelines have further information about the eligible expenditure for your project that are covered by your grant.

Research Commercialisation Entities

A Research Commercialisation Entity is part of a Publicly funded Research Organisation, or an eligible corporation controlled by one or more Publicly Funded Research Organisations. They assist researchers to commercialise their intellectual property.

Publicly Funded Research Organisations include:

  • Australian higher education providers listed in the Higher Education Support Act 2003
  • federal, state and territory government departments or agencies which undertake publicly funded research.

If a research organisation is not a Publicly Funded Research Organisation they can apply to be an Eligible Partner Entity.

Eligible Partner Entities

An Eligible Partner Entity is an Australian organisation whose primary focus is research, but they also assist researchers to commercialise their intellectual property.

To learn more about the process to become an Eligible Partner Entity and to request an application form, email

Registered Eligible Partner Entities

Our current registered Eligible Partner Entities are:

  • The Australian Wine Research Institute Ltd
  • The Burnet Institute
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Medvet Science Pty Ltd
  • Brien Holden Vision Institute.

The grant opportunity guidelines have further information about the Research Commercialisation Entities and Eligible Partner Entities.

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample grant application form (for information only)

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Sample grant agreement (for information only)

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Application mandatory attachment – Accountant's declaration

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Application optional attachment – Assessment criteria

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Application optional attachment - Project expenditure guide

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Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Accelerating Commercialisation is part of AusIndustry’s Entrepreneurs Programme, which transforms Australian businesses by providing access to expert advice and grants.

Our program services will help you to:

  • strengthen and grow your business
  • connect with the research sector
  • get your idea to market.

And, you can access grants to make it happen (from $20,000 to $1 million).

At the heart of the program lies our national network of facilitators. Entrepreneurs’ Programme facilitators are local, independent business experts who will work with you on your business.

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