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.

The grant is no longer available

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.

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How do you apply?

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

Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Grant recipients

View the list of grant recipients that have been offered funding for the Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants (AILAB).

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Accountant declaration