Future Industries Accelerator Program

Supporting collaboration between SA industry and the Future Industries Institute

The program aims to stimulate collaboration between local industry and the FII at UniSA, to address real-world challenges and foster innovation and closer relationships between organisations, in order to support the development of improved and new industries in the State. The purpose of the program is to enable UniSA via the FII to deliver effective and sustainable research collaborations between the University and industry that will:

  • Lead to job creation and economic growth
  • Utilise academic expertise and research infrastructure to address and range of pertinent challenges faced by industry partners
  • Build R&D capacity in business, and create opportunities for businesses to accelerate their growth potential by employing research-trained staff
  • Develop entrepreneurial and business capacity in university researchers
  • Enables co-creation, co-location and sharing of resources between business and the University
  • Be implemented at sufficient scale that long-term cultural change can be achieved
  • Create a sustainable ecosystem in which innovative growth-focussed complex industries thrive supported by vibrant research links with university research, and vice versa.

The program consists of three elements:

  1. R&D Vouchers – up to $100k for companies to access research support to address a pressing industry problem, e.g. enabling SMEs with growth potential to rapidly test potential product ideas or improvements
  2. Access to major equipment and research infrastructure – at no cost to industry, the program enables companies to access the significant (>$60m) major equipment and research infrastructure of the Institute, together with dedicated technical staff to provide expert advice, training and analysis
  3. Mobility grants (starting mid 2017) – to fund the full cost of salary and on-costs for placement for a period of up to 12 months for researchers from business in FII and vice-versa

Further details of the program and its elements are in the Program Guidelines.

Projects underway

Projects underway

The program is targeting an initial pilot round of applications in December 2016, with announcements of funded projects shortly afterwards.

Applications

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and generally assessed within six weeks. The initial application is via an Expression of Interest (below)

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and all candidates are encouraged to read the program guidelines before lodging an IVP application form.

Register

Contact:

Robin Fieldhouse
Commercial Manager
UniSA Ventures Pty Ltd
University of South Australia
Phone: (08) 8302 3328
Email: robin.fieldhouse@unisa.edu.au

Program Manager (to be appointed)