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.
This grant is currently closed to applications

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.

You're not eligible if your, or a project partner's, organisation has been:

You're also not eligible if you're:

  • a Commonwealth, state, territory or local government body (however a government business enterprise that meets the eligibility criteria may apply)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.


How do you apply?

The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream is closed to applications.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the:

  • project size and complexity
  • grant amount requested.

Your answers should be:

  • defined
  • quantified
  • be supported by evidence.

The sample application form displays character limits.

First we review your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will then proceed to the assessment stage.

To assess the applications, we establish a committee comprised of independent experts and Australian government representatives.

The Committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria and compare it to other eligible applications before advising which projects they would support receiving funding.

You may be required to attend an interview with the Committee, where they will ask you questions about your application in order to clarify and shape the overall score.

The Committee provides advice on the merits of each application. Advice from Industry Innovation Science Australia (IISA) and relevant Ministers will be provided to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology for consideration. The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology will recommend projects to the Prime Minister, who will be the final decision maker.

We will assess your application based on the weighting given to each criterion and we will only consider funding applications that score highly (50% or more) against all assessment criterion, as these represent best value for money.

Assessment criterion 1: Alignment of your project with the program objectives and Modern Manufacturing Strategy (25 points)

Assessment criterion 2: Benefits to Australia (25 points)

Assessment criterion 3: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (25 points)

Assessment criterion 4: Access to finance and investment (25 points)

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must 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 by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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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

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

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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Evidence of support from the board

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Frequently asked questions

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