Looking for a program for your SME?
Every day, we work to connect small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) to world-class research and development, whether within CSIRO or the Australian research ecosystem. Our SME team help Australian start-ups, small and medium businesses uncover what’s possible through research and development; taking an idea from concept through to execution to drive business growth. We can connect you to the right research expertise for your business, as well as access to funding support, world-class facilities, training, and links to other CSIRO opportunities, networks and the Australian research sector.
Innovation Connections is a free one-on-one facilitated service to assist small and medium-sized-businesses in establishing research priorities, locating researchers and providing access to funding to fast-track R&D projects.
CSIRO Kick-Start success stories
CSIRO Kick-Start is an initiative for innovative Australian start-ups and small businesses, providing funding support and access to CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow and develop their business. View our success stories below of how we've helped businesses solve the challenges of the future.
Innovate to Grow
Innovate to Grow is a training and mentorship program for SMEs looking to explore research and development for their business.
The SIEF Ross Metcalf STEM+ Business Fellowship program builds deeper connections between researchers and SMEs, accelerates the adoption of new ideas and technology, and helps SMEs grow into larger and more profitable organisations.
Next Generation Graduates Programs
How we can assist your business?
Through the Australian Government's Innovation Connections program, CSIRO Kick-Start vouchers and the Science and Industry Endowment Fund's Ross Metcalf SIEF STEM+ Business Fellowship program, we are able to offer three levels of matched-funding grants for research projects and researcher placements that cater to SME businesses of all sizes. We focus on streamlining the engagement process between SMEs and research organisations, and provide assistance at all stages of the collaboration process from start to finish.
We help SMEs by:
- defining the business problem to be solved, and/or identifying the research opportunity
- locating the right research capability to meet those needs
- facilitating the project scoping and design
- accessing and applying for grant funding
- assisting with project agreements and contracting.