Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants

The Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program supports businesses to undertake a range of activities. These may include design, prototype and testing activities undertaken at specialised facilities and service organisations that enhance automotive product design and development process.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grant funding between $50,000 and $200,000, up to 50% of  project costs.

Who is this for?

Businesses undertaking automotive product design and development.


This program aims to help businesses enhance their automotive product design and development process.

It will do this by supporting activities at specialised facilities and service organisations, including:

  • designing
  • prototyping
  • testing

Australian businesses can apply for funding to support a range of activities including:

  • access to automotive test facilities
  • access to design and prototyping services
  • new automotive product development
  • enhanced business capability
  • building capacity to deliver diversified products
  • building capacity to supply products to local and international markets

The grant funding available is:

  • between $50,000 and $200,000
  • up to 50% of your eligible project costs
  • for projects that must be completed by 20 June 2021


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an entity incorporated in Australia (includes an incorporated trustee applying on behalf of a trust)

You must also engage in trading activities that either:

  • form a significant proportion of your overall activities
  • are a substantial and not peripheral activity of the corporation

Your project must:

  • use an external facility
  • have at least $100,000 in eligible expenditure
  • directly relate to the development of new or enhanced products with automotive application and can include
    • design
    • prototyping
    • testing

You must provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that:

  • the project is supported
  • you can complete the project
  • you can meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding

You must also provide evidence on how you will fund your share of project costs using the Accountant declaration template.

For more information on eligibility please read the Grant opportunity guidelines.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, state, territory or local government body (including government business enterprises)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the assessment criteria.

  • Assessment criterion 1: The extent that the project will assist you to design, prototype and/or test automotive products that will improve the competitiveness of your business (40 points).
  • Assessment criterion 2: Your capacity, capability and access to resources to deliver the project (30 points).
  • Assessment criterion 3: The impact of grant funding on your project (30 points).

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

An assessment panel will assess each application against the assessment criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in a funding round. It will recommend which projects to fund.

You must supply enough detail and supporting evidence for your application relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers.

The Program Delegate will make the final decision on which projects to fund.

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer.

If you accept the offer, you'll then enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made directly into a nominated bank account.

If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.


How do you apply?

The Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program is currently closed to applications.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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Accountant declaration

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