The Supply Chain Resilience Initiative Round 1 is closed to applications.

The Supply Chain Resilience Initiative Round 2 is also closed to applications.

Supply Chain Resilience Initiative Round 1

The Supply Chain Resilience Initiative provides up to $2 million to establish or scale a manufacturing capability or a related activity to address supply chain vulnerabilities for a critical product or input identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants from $50,000 to $2 million.

Who is this for?

A manufacturing business or a business within the manufacturing supply chain.


Applicants should demonstrate how their project:

  • builds a better understanding of critical supply chains
  • works with industry to identify supply options to address vulnerabilities
  • addresses vulnerabilities identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan by incentivising Australian businesses to invest in capabilities through new equipment, technology, skills and processes.

Successful applicants and projects will contribute to the program’s goals. The program aims to:

  • improve Australia’s resilience to future supply chain shocks
  • facilitate diversification of supply options and increase investment in the economy
  • enable diversification into export markets and reduce reliance on domestic markets
  • improve collaboration between domestic and international manufacturers and suppliers
  • mitigate supply chain risks for critical products
  • enhance visibility and transparency of the supply chain for critical products
  • accelerate digitalisation and deeper integration of technology
  • optimise supply chain performance.


What are the eligibility criteria?

Eligibile entities

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be non-tax-exempt
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • be an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation

If you are a trading corporation, your trading activities must:

  • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
  • are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

Eligible projects

For your project to be eligible, your application must show:

  • a minimum of $100,000 in eligible project expenditure
  • that you are a manufacturing business or a business within the manufacturing supply chain
  • that your project addresses supply chain vulnerabilities associated with critical product categories identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan
  • evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported
  • that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • how you will provide your share of project costs.

We provide an accountant declaration template to help you confirm you can fund your share of the project costs, including any ineligible expenditure.

Critical product categories

There are two eligible critical product categories for this grant opportunity:

  • Biopharmaceuticals (medicines)
  • Agricultural Production Chemicals.

The Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan includes detail about each of these categories.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of ‘Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme’
  • an organisation or your project partner is an organisation that has been named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an organisation that has not complied with Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012).
  • income tax exempt
  • an individual
  • partnership
  • unincorporated entity
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the guidelines
  • 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.


How do you apply?

The Supply Chain Resilience Initiative is closed to applications.

Further guidance

You can still apply even if:

  • your product isn't listed in the SMCP
  • your business isn't operating within the identified categories.

If your project scope involves the substitution of a listed product with an alternative product that achieves the same result, you may submit an application for funding. The onus is on you to provide the necessary substantiation in your application.

Your application must demonstrate how your product or business addresses a vulnerability in the SMCP.

SCRI grants are not available for personal protective equipment (PPE) products.

Industry consultation to inform the SMCP highlighted that actions the Government has already taken to ensure PPE availability have yielded positive results. This has included:

  • providing funding to establish and expand local manufacturing
  • establishing accredited product testing capability at the CSIRO and the National Measurement Institute (NMI)
  • streamlining regulatory reviews and approvals.

You can still apply even if you're not a manufacturing business. You will need to demonstrate that you are:

  • an integral enabler and active contributor to the manufacturing supply chain for an identified product categories
  • addressing a vulnerability identified in the SMCP.

For example, a company that can provide digital supply chain solutions or a company that enable logistics solutions within the supply chain.

You can submit more than one application. But, each application:

  • needs to be for a separate and distinct unrelated project
  • will be assessed on its own merit.

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

We refer your application to an independent committee of experts. The committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria and compare it to other eligible applications before providing advice on which projects to fund.

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

  • Assessment criterion 1: Project alignment with the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (50 points).
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points).
  • Assessment criterion 3: Impact of the grant funding on your project (20 points).

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

The Minister will make the final decision.

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.

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project. Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

We will commence a second tranche of analysis shortly. This includes analysis into:

  • semi-conductors
  • water treatment chemicals
  • telecommunications equipment.

This analysis will inform round 2 of the program.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample grant agreement

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Sample application form

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Board or CEO approval letter - Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

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Accountant declaration – Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

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