New Grants

The Critical Technologies Challenge Program Round 1 is a two-stage grant opportunity that will provide up to $5 million funding. The funds are for joint (consortia) collaborations to develop solutions or a component(s) that contribute(s) to a solution for market-led challenges of national significance using Quantum Technologies. The consortia must include at least one Australian industry-based partner and one Australian research organisation.

Deadlines and Timings

Applications are open and will close on 2 July 2024.

Overview and Grant Amount

The program provides consortia with funding to develop quantum technology solutions or a component(s) that contributes to a solution for market-led challenges of national significance. Solutions may also involve the use of other advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics. There will be two grant opportunities as part of this program. The challenges are:

  • Challenge 1: Optimise the performance, sustainability, and security of energy networks.
  • Challenge 2: Improve medical imaging and medical sensors to support diagnosis, treatment of disease and monitoring activities inside the human body.
  • Challenge 3: Enhance communication with autonomous systems in varying environments.
  • Challenge 4: Optimise and reduce the impact of resource exploration, extraction, and mineral processing.

Stage 1 – Feasibility grant opportunity

The purpose of the Stage 1 Feasibility grant is to test and demonstrate the technical viability of your proposed solution or component(s) of a solution.

Stage 2 – Demonstrator grant opportunity

The purpose of the Stage 2 Demonstrator grant is to support you to build on your Stage 1 Feasibility project and produce working prototypes or demonstrations.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, the lead applicant must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • be an entity, incorporated in Australia

The consortia must:

  • include a minimum of two project participants, inclusive of the lead applicant, during the Stage 1 Feasibility project
  • include a minimum of three project participants, inclusive of the lead applicant, during the Stage 2 Demonstrator project
  • include and maintain for the duration of the Stage 1 Feasibility project and Stage 2 Demonstrator project at least:
    • one Australian industry-based partner; and
    • one Australian research organisation

Applicants for the Stage 1 Feasibility grant opportunity must include the lead applicant and at least one project partner, i.e., two project participants in an application as a minimum.

The maximum project period for the Stage 1 Feasibility grants is 6 months. Only applicants that complete a Stage 1 Feasibility project will be invited to submit an application for Stage 2 Demonstrator funding.

Eligible Projects

The Stage 1 Feasibility project must:

  • include a minimum of two project participants, inclusive of the lead applicant, during the Stage 1 Feasibility project
  • include a minimum of three project participants, inclusive of the lead applicant, during the Stage 2 Demonstrator project
  • include and maintain for the duration of the Stage 1 Feasibility project and Stage 2 Demonstrator project at least:
  • one Australian industry-based partner; and
  • one Australian research organisation

Interested parties are encouraged to thoroughly read the program guidelines and other key documents set by the funding grant. Submissions must be lodged through the program online portal.

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