R&D Voucher Scheme

R&D Voucher Scheme Overview

The R&D Voucher Scheme provides a tangible mechanism to strengthen engagement with industry partners, and support local industries to build their R&D capacity and accelerate growth.


How does accessing an R&D Voucher help my business?

The R&D Voucher Scheme is designed to deliver and develop innovative and sustainable solutions, and/or rapidly develop and test potential product ideas or enhancements, to deliver benefit and impact for our industry partners, and for South Australia.

This Scheme operates very differently to many traditional research funding opportunities – the intent of this Scheme is to facilitate companies accessing world class research support and funding to address priority industry challenges, delivering outcomes of value in short timeframes.  


What support is available through the R&D Voucher Scheme?

Through this Scheme companies across the State can access funding of up to $100,000 for a project of up to 12 months, based on a 2:1 return on investment. For example, eligible companies may apply for up to $100,000, where there is at least $50,000 co-contribution from the industry partner.  In the case of SME’s, a proportion of the cash contribution may be substituted by genuine in-kind contributions (where there is demonstrable evidence that the in-kind contribution is supporting the project).

Eligible companies must have at least current, or proposed, operations in South Australia, along with demonstrated intention to benefit the State’s economy.


Submission Deadlines: 2018

COB Friday 8th June

COB Friday 20th July

COB Friday 31 August

COB Friday 12 October

COB Friday 23 November

Submission Deadlines: 2019

COB Friday 4 January

COB Friday 15 February

COB Friday 29 March

COB Friday 10 May



How do I apply to the R&D Voucher Scheme?

Companies should carefully review the Guidelines and Application Form for the R&D Voucher Scheme, and if identified, commence project discussions with the appropriate UniSA Chief Investigator.

Applications should be co-developed by the industry partner and UniSA researcher(s), and must be written in the style of a business case where the problem/opportunity that the project will address, the rationale for addressing the problem/opportunity, and the anticipated outcomes from the project, are clearly articulated. All applications must be written in accessible language.

Applications to the R&D Voucher Scheme will be accepted on an ongoing basis, and will generally be assessed by the FIA Oversight Committee within six weeks from submission – meeting dates, and associated deadlines are detailed below.

To access support and advice regarding eligibility and the overall application process, all applicants must engage with the FIA Program Manager prior to final applications proceeding through to the FIA Oversight Committee.


Application Documents

FIA R&D Voucher Scheme Guidelines


FIA R&D Voucher Scheme Application Form


FIA R&D Voucher Scheme Indicative Terms & Conditions


For further information please contact

Mark Saunders
Program Manager: Future Industries Accelerator
Phone: (08) 8302 7195
Email: mark.saunders@unisa.edu.au