Future Industries Accelerator

Supporting partnerships between SA industry and the Future Industries Institute

The Future Industries Accelerator (FIA) drives our approach to partnering and economic transformation. It provides an innovative model for effective and sustainable collaboration between universities and industry.

FIA is a $7.5 million investment from the South Australian State Government, which focuses on creating high-value jobs in South Australia and assists local industries to build their R&D capacity and accelerate growth.

You don’t need to have worked with the University before to consider engaging. FIA provides the mechanism to develop a new collaboration, or strengthen an existing partnership, with FII (across multidisciplinary areas including biomaterials engineering and nanomedicine, energy and advanced manufacturing, environmental science, and minerals and resources), and more broadly with research expertise from across the University.

Explore the opportunities to partner with us and discover how we support companies across South Australia via the Future Industries Accelerator.

“UniSA’s Future Industries Institute partners with industry and across disciplines to develop and deliver innovative and sustainable solutions that our partners value and need, and that make a difference in the world.”

– Professor Emily Hilder, Director, Future Industries Institute

“Innovation and commercialisation of research and development are crucial for our universities and industries, and the state more broadly. It will help South Australia’s transformation to a modern innovative economy which creates jobs for the future.”

– Kyam Maher MLC, Minister, Manufacturing and Innovation

The Future Industries Accelerator (FIA)

Three core activities provide flexibility and tangible mechanisms to drive the transformation of your business through:

R&D voucher scheme

Funding of up to $100,000 for projects up to 12 months duration to address priority industry challenges and/or rapidly develop and test potential product ideas or enhancements.

Access to research infrastructure

Companies can access equipment, laboratory space, and research infrastructure valued at over $60 million, with advice, training and analysis from dedicated technical staff, at no direct cost.

Mobility grants

Commencing mid-2017, grants will fund placements of up to 12 months for FII researchers to work within a business, or industry representatives to work within FII, facilitating the transfer of expertise, training and skills.

The benefits

There are benefits for companies, and the University, with South Australia the ultimate winner. The Future Industries Accelerator program:

  • Uses academic expertise and infrastructure to address pertinent challenges faced by industry partners
  • Facilitates enhanced R&D capacity in partner businesses
  • Develops entrepreneurial and business capacity in university researchers
  • Enables co-creation, co-location and sharing of resources, ideas and skills, and
  • Can be implemented at sufficient scale to achieve long-term cultural change.


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Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and generally assessed within six weeks.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and all candidates must read the Guidelines before lodging an R&D Voucher Scheme Application Form.

To Apply


Dr Ixchel Brennan
Program Manager: Future Industries Accelerator 

University of South Australia
Phone: (08) 8302 7195
Email: ixchel.brennan@unisa.edu.au

Dr Euan Smith
Infrastructure Access Scheme

University of South Australia
Phone: (08) 8302 5042
Email: euan.smith@unisa.edu.au