New Grants

The Regional University Industry Collaboration (RUIC) Program offers facilitation and dollar-matched funding for collaborative research projects between regional universities and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Queensland.

Deadlines and Timings

The program will launch in Spring 2024 and we will update this page soon as more details on timings are made available.

Overview and Grant Amount

Funded by the Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) and delivered by CSIRO’s specialist SME Connect team, this eligibility-based program will run until June 2027. The RUIC Program includes:

  • End-to-end facilitation and dollar-matched funding of up to $50,000 for SME research projects, delivered by four regional Queensland universities.
  • Masterclasses for researchers and SMEs to improve collaboration and create new commercial opportunities
  • Regional networking events to connect researchers, industry and key stakeholders
  • Delivery of 4 Queensland-specific Innovate to Grow cohorts

Partnering universities are James Cook University, Central Queensland University, University of Southern Queensland, and University of the Sunshine Coast.

Eligibility and Criteria

Eligibility criteria will be finalised soon. Provisional criteria for businesses to engage in a collaborative project with one of the four universities are:

  • have less than $20 million in turnover/expenditure in the last financial year
  • have been operating for at least 1 year
  • be a GST-registered company (ACN or ICN) operating in Queensland
  • be able to provide matched funding. For example, if RUIC grant provides project funding of $50,000, your business must also provide $50,000. This must be a cash contribution and cannot be in-kind.

Interested parties can register their expressions of interest to the program online portal.

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