Innovation Connections

Innovation Connections is a service under the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs' Programme that provides you with advice and funding to get research projects underway in your business. 

Application detail:

You can apply for Innovation Connections at any time.

What do you get?

You’ll be paired with an independent facilitator. Your facilitator will make recommendations for your research project, connect you with research institutions and help you apply for a grant to fund your researchers.

Who is this for?

Businesses working within, or supporting, one of the growth sectors who want to research an idea with commercial potential.


Innovation Connections has 2 key stages:

  • facilitation stage, which connects you with a facilitator
  • grant stage, to fund your researcher placement.

Your facilitator will work with you and give recommendations for your business and potential research project.

Innovation Connections facilitation is provided at no cost to your business. However, you will need to invest your time to maximise your engagement. You may need to commit resources such as staff, facilities or equipment depending on the nature of the project.

To speak to someone about your specific circumstances, contact an Innovation Facilitator in your state. Our delivery partner providing innovation services nationally is CSIRO.


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 for facilitation if you:

  • have an eligible business structure
  • operate in, or support, one of Australia's growth sectors.

For the full eligibility criteria, including grant eligibility, see the Customer information guide.

Customer information guide

Customer information guide

Apply now

You can submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log in.

Apply for Innovation Connections facilitation

Before applying, make sure you:

  • read the customer information guide
  • have all the information and attachments ready
  • can address all eligibility criteria.


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

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Innovation Connections 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
  • 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.

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