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R&D support for small to medium-sized businesses

Innovation Connections helps small to medium-sized businesses overcome some of the barriers commonly associated with research and development (R&D), such as a lack of technical expertise, funding or identifying the right R&D opportunity.

This program closed on 9 May 2023, and new applications are no longer accepted.

Applications submitted before the closure will be progressed following the grant guidelines.

If you are an existing recipient of Innovation Connections:

  • you will continue to be supported by your facilitator until 30 June 2023, and 
  • if you have a funding agreement in place, your agreement will be honoured and you will be able to complete your project as outlined in your grant agreement

Our track record

Since 2014, Innovation Connections has helped more than 1,500 small to medium sized businesses grow and gain a competitive advantage.

As National Delivery Partner of the program, CSIRO facilitated over 2,300 projects between SMEs, 39 Australian universities and 39 research organisations. Read about some of the businesses we have supported in:


Of the businesses supported






stated that they created intellectual property introduced new or improved product or processes accessed (or are expecting to access) new markets noted an improvement or expected improvement in the skills of their workforce developed ongoing relationships with their researcher institution


CSIRO delivered Innovation Connections on behalf of the Department of Industry, Science and Resources as part of the Entrepreneurs' Programme. 

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