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Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Collaboration Stream

The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream provides funding for a small number of large, transformational projects. Projects that will either directly feature collaboration or will create and facilitate collaborative ecosystems.

The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Grants from $20 million to $200 million.

Who is this for?

Australian large-scale manufacturers.


The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream supports large-scale manufacturing projects with:

  • business-to-business collaboration at their core and/or
  • business-to-research collaboration at their core.

This stream will catalyse long-term transformation in the National Manufacturing Priority areas. It will focus private and public investment to help create the environment and incentives for Australian manufacturers to:

  • collaborate
  • scale up
  • move towards higher value added activities
  • become more competitive.

Applicants should show how their project aligns with the grant objectives.

The objectives of the Manufacturing Collaboration Stream are to:

  • Foster collaboration between businesses, research organisations, investors and other parties to realise transformation in Australia’s manufacturers towards higher value added segments of the manufacturing 'smile curve'
  • Support manufacturers to work together to build manufacturing networks and ecosystems, unlock complementary capabilities, overcome barriers to scale and grow, and access global markets
  • Support long-term job creation and a more highly skilled workforce in the Australian manufacturing sector
  • Increase investment in Australian manufacturing, particularly in high-value added activities
  • Increase manufacturing capability, business acumen, knowledge diffusion and expertise.

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative

The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream is one stream of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative. The initiative is a key element of the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy.

Other streams include:

  • The Manufacturing Integration Stream helps Australian manufacturers to access domestic and global supply chains and produce and distribute quality products and high value services into them
  • The Manufacturing Translation Stream helps Australian manufacturers translate high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes.

Learn more about the Modern Manufacturing Strategy or subscribe to Manufacturing Strategy Updates.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

We can only accept applications:

  • where your project aligns with one or more of the six National Manufacturing Priorities
  • with a minimum of $60.6 million in eligible project expenditure
  • where no more than 50% of your project is funded from Commonwealth funding sources
  • where no more than 65% of your project is funded from all government sources (including Commonwealth, State and Territory and local)
  • where your project shows the potential to expand or promote interstate or international trade
  • where you provide letters of support from your project partners.

In your application you must also:

  • provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding. The evidence of support template must be used.
  • be able provide a detailed governance plan. The plan must outline the intended arrangements for managing your project and relationships with partners. You must also show why the proposed arrangements are most suitable for your project.

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


How do you apply?

The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream is closed to applications.

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Information session

Manufacturing Collaboration Stream Online Information Session


This information session provides an overview of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Collaboration stream and a detailed walk-through of the grant opportunity guidelines including the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria.

Common questions that were answered across the online information sessions have been reflected in the Frequently Asked Questions document. 

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement and participation plan: guidance and template

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Evidence of support from the board

Frequently asked questions