Funding

Funding Update 

Grant programs are now fully allocated and closed for further applications. If you are looking for connections to funding for other research focuses, we suggest connecting to these other agencies:

Fight Food Waste CRC Small to Medium Enterprise Solution Fund.

This is open for applications for grants of up to $50K to create a value added offering from food waste. 

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Innovation Connections

This program is a Federal Government fund supporting all manufacturing sectors and provides grants of up to $50K for eligible businesses.

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APR.Intern

Supported by all Australian Universities this program provides grants up to $22K for industry challenges across all sectors. Food and Agriculture applicants will receive a $4,000 offset a successful application

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NSW Government Export Assistance Grants

Export Assistance Grant program provides reimbursement to eligible businesses to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires and drought on their international markets

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Entrepreneur's Programme

The program can help to improve your growth capabilities and networks, engage with researchers, foster innovation and encourage commercialisation of novel products, processes or services

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Wine Export Grants

To help counter the impacts of COVID-19 on in-market events, Wine Australia is offering $1 million towards Wine Export Grants

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Matched Funding Case Studies

When businesses and researchers work together, the results are innovative and market-led. Watch some of the below case studies to see how challenges and have been turned into solutions and opportunities.

ProPortion Foods recently partnered with FIAL and CSIRO to develop a novel protein ingredient that effectively maintained muscle mass and muscle strength in older adults.

“Without this funding, we wouldn’t have been able to move forward” said Kevin Beaman, CEO of ProPortion Foods.

By partnering with FIAL through the Enterprise Solution Centre, Clextral "were able to make a soluble coffee powder that tastes as good as freshly roasted coffee beans". 

They have since partnered with Flavourtech to get their product to market.

FIAL's funding through the Enterprise Solution Centre helped Community Chef develop products that provide the nutritional requirements for those in need. 

Without the assistance of FIAL we wouldn't be able to make these advancements that benefit our business, and advance the local community" .

The Queen of Pops concept store in Brisbane started from an idea to deliver a caffeine hit to customers in a different way. Penny and Peter Wolff, owners of Queen of Pops and Wolff Coffee Roasters, serve their locally roasted coffee in coffee inspired ice-cream popsicles.

Penny and Peter said they wouldn't have the coffee popsicles if they had not worked with food technologists and FIAL. " We've gained all that knowledge through FIAL that we would have had to seek out ourselves in a much lengthier process," Penny said.

Humpty Doo Barramundi, located in remote Northern Territory, is a family business producing premium barramundi. The FIAL-sponsored Enterprise Solution Centre helped Humpty Doo work with the research division of Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF Queensland) to deliver a technical solution that Humpty Doo was unable to solve themselves.

"Through FIAL funding] we had direct communications with the people actually doing the research! It was transparent and open," Bob said.

FIAL Funding Recipients

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2020
2020Business(es)Project
Funding AmountSector Priority
JuneKeg Swappa and 7th Day BrewerySustainable packaging for home consumption beer and cider products$32,000The Future Consumer, A global Marketplace
May
Wine to Water / Little RipplesTreat grapes tainted by smoke to create novel wines$25,000
The Future Consumer
May
The Lupin CoInnovation in lupin hull milling technologies
$25,000A global Marketplace
MayStumpys Gateway RoadhouseManufacture of innovative, healthy, fun and convenient packaged dry food mixes from local favourites$25,000The Future Consumer
May
Southern Cross Agricultural ExportsSustainable Home Brew kits for retail and online$25,000 The Future Consumer
May
Sea Health ProductsSeaweed salad using Australian kelp$25,000The Future Consumer
May
QcamelSkincare products from camel milk and Australian natives$25,000Enhanced Production and Value Addition
May
Piccolo FarmFreeze dried range of edible flowers, garnishes and herbs hospitality and cake decorating industry.$25,000The Future Consumer
May
Northern Australia Agrifoods Robotic controlled release mechanism in animal processing$25,000
Food Security and Sustainability, A Global Marketplace
MayMacro Investments Pty LtdChemical testing apparatus for heavy metals in bones of game animals$25,000Food Security and Sustainability, A Global Marketplace
May
M&D KotvojsCulinary tourism experiences available across the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shires$25,000The Future Consumer
May
Lotus and MingDevelopment of vegetarian foodservice offerings$25,000The Future Consumer
May
Land of Plenty Category SolutionsProduction on the production of home and food grade cleaning products$25,000Enhanced Production and Value Addition
May
KAR ManagementWhole-of-life-cycle Native Oyster (Ostrea Angasi) Production Methodology and System
$25,000Food Security and Sustainability
May
Kangaroo Island OlivesNovel detection system for pits in olives
$25,000Enhanced Production and Value Addition
May
Kangaroo Island Garlic FarmerDevelop new garlic products for retail$25,000The Future Consumer
May
Jim’s JerkyNew snacking product for Australian retail market$25,000The Future Consumer
May
Coco LuxeDevelop flavours for Northern European expansion$25,000A Global Marketplace
MayCassegrain Wines Pty LtdProduce and bottle non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice$25,000Food Security and Sustainability
MayAvagrow FarmsProtective cropping conditions for Snow peas$25,000Enhanced Production and Value Addition
MayAshgrove CheeseProduce a retail family size cheddar cheese
$25,000Enhanced Production and Value Addition
May
Radicle Seeds and Network GrainsDevelopment of new sorghum for Asia
$600,000Food Security and Sustainability, A Global Marketplace
MayMars Foods AustraliaSustainable Packaging for single use Sauces$100,000Food Security and Sustainability
AprilAustralia Bay Lobster CorporationDevelopment of Crustacean Feeds for farmed animals$100,000Food Security and Sustainability
AprilArtisan Egg CompanyDevelopment of energy efficient egg smoking technologies$100,000Enhanced Production and Value Addition
MarchCentral Coast Industry ConnectDevelopment and application of water treatment technologies$32,000Enhanced Production and Value Addition, Food Security and Sustainability
MarchProtoco Oils and MMIDevelopment of food waste oil extraction technologies
$1,500,000Enhanced Production and Value Addition, Food Security and Sustainability - Food Waste Reduction, A Global Marketplace
March
Long Fresh Foods Development of new processing techniques for dysphagia food products $70,000The Future Consumer
February
NLE Education and training program from a native honey industry in WA
$50,000.00Food Security and Sustainability, A Global Marketplace
FebruaryNatural Evolutions, Mt Garnett Grazing, Mt Uncle Grazing Development of food waste utilisation collective for FNQ $2,000,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition, Food Security and Sustainability - Food Waste Reduction, A Global Marketplace
JanuaryQUBEMapping Women's Career pathways into Supply Chains within the Food and Wider Industries of Australia
$40,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
January
Rainbow Egg CompanyDevelopment of egg based healthy snack foods$50,000.00
The Future Consumer
January
Patties FoodsDevelopment of environmentally friendly packing and waste$10,000.00Food Security and Sustainability
JanuarySubway MeatsDevelopment of energy efficient method for measuring specifications of meat products$2,500.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition, Food Security and Sustainability
2019
2019Business(es)Project
Funding AmountSector Priority
December
Dairy AustraliaExpansion of the Technology Assessment Fund for dairy producers$180,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
December
Algae Seaweed
Development of Seaweed based snack foods
$50,000.00
The Future Consumer
December
Cape Byron Distillery
Creation of energy efficient cooling systems for climatic control of distillery
$100,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition, Food Security and Sustainability
December
Mircotec
Energy efficient technology development for creation of resistant starch$65,000.00Energy efficient technology development for creation of resistant starch
December
Signature SaucesTechnology scale up of boutique sauces range$40,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
November
Sweet Potatoes Australia
Development of specialised packaging for Sweet potatoes$13,000.00Food Security and Sustainability
November
QUBE
Review the challenges for women within Food industry and the wider supply chain
$80,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
November
Vow Foods  Development of new Textural Properties of products$100,000.00The Future Consumer
November
NutrifieldDevelopment of advanced agricultural crop growth products$16,000.00
Enhanced Production and Value Addition
November
Mayfield Global
Development of low sugar natural beverages$50,000.00The Future Consumer
November
Bioproton and Sun PorkCreation of alternatives to antibiotics in stock feeds$100,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
OctoberDairy Free Down Under and Ceres Pty Ltd.
Development of Novel Vegan Cheeses$223,931.00
The Future Consumer
September
Mars Foods Australia and Central Coast Industry Connect
Seeds of Change Accelerator$486,000.00The Future Consumer
September
The Smoked Egg CompanyBiological activity testing
$16,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
September
Huon AquacultureAdvanced aquaculture techniques
$100,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
July
Harry Hoo Pty LtdLow sodium Asian food products$25,000.00The Future Consumer/ Sodium Reduction
July
Partner Foods Pty Ltd, Bean Growers Australia LtdDevelopment of indulgent pulse base confectionary.$470,674.00The Future Consumer
July
M.A.D. Cullinan Pty Ltd
New technology for the manufacture of popcorn.$275,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
JuneKeenwah Pty LtdLong shelflife processing of childrens meals$100,000.00Reduce Food Waste and Loss
June
Ozganics Pty LtdChina Focused Children's Foods for exports$19,712.50A Global Marketplace
May
Gekko, Enwave, Booth Transport, Trigg Farm Unit trust, Meredith Dairy Pty Ltd
Development of Multi stage Biodigestor for food and agribusiness waste inputs.$900,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
April
Ricegrowers Limited
Protein from Rice Recovery$100,000.00The Future Consumer/ Sodium Reduction
MarchPartner Foods Pty Ltd
Low Sodium Pulse Snacks$25,000.00The Future Consumer/ Sodium Reduction
MarchKeenwah Pty LtdLow Sodium Children's meal products $25,000.00The Future Consumer/ Sodium Reduction
March
Nutrifield Pty LtdNew Biopepside for Agricultural Pathogens$8,060.00
Enhanced Production and Value Addition
February
The Australian Wine Research Institute
New packaging for wine export$100,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
February
Boundary Bend Olives Pty LtdNew Fibres from olive waste$23,100.00Reduce Food Waste and Loss
January
Okdokey Pty LtdSalt reduction School canteen meals$25,000.00The Future Consumer/ Sodium Reduction
2018
2018Business(es)Project
Funding AmountSector Priority
NovemberSavio Health Innovation Pty LtdNew Foods from Apple rejects$100,000.00Reduce Food Waste and Loss
OctoberCooee Cuisine Pty LtdDevelop range of low sodium meal solutions$12,500.00The Future Consumer/ Sodium Reduction
AugustSunfresh Marketing Co OpExtend shelf life and utilise waste from Avocado processing$67,803.00Reduce Food Waste and Loss
JulyCollaboration between: Mainstream Aquaculture, Helmaqua Pty Ltd, Humpty Doo Barramundi & Australian Barramundi Farmers AssociationFurther improve the quality of Australian Barramundi product and methods to ensure world’s best practise$1,814,500.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
JulyOffally Good FoodExtend shelf life of Organic Pates$7,500.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
FebruaryCheesecellar Pty LtdDevelop of Raw Cheese manufacturing standard$34,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
2017
2017Business(es)Project
Funding AmountSector Priority
OctoberCollaboration between: Logio Group, University of Sydney, Next Instruments, Glycemic Index Foundation, Ricegrowers Ltd, Verspan AG & NSW Department of Primary IndustriesDevelop a tool for rapid testing of foods and ingredients for positive nutritional benefits.$127,500.00The Future Consumer
August
Austrgrains Pty LtdIdentify new strains of wheat for export markets$17,000.00A Global Marketplace
May
Meals on Wheels QLDDevelop a functional food for elderly populations$50,000.00The Future Consumer
MayCollaboration between: Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity & WoolworthsDevelop system to optimise the application of refrigeration to maintain quality and freshness in energy efficient manner.$41,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
March
Immuron LimitedDevelop function ingredient from bovine colostrum.$50,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
February
Tasfoods LimitedDevelop new processing techniques for milk to access new export markets$10,909.00A Global Marketplace
2016
2016Business(es)Project
Funding AmountSector Priority
DecemberProgel Pty Ltd,Optimise manufacturing technology for commercialisation of functional ingredients.$75,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
DecemberAustgrainsOptimise specific Wheat varieties for Asian Baking and Noodle Making$60,000.00
A Global Marketplace
November
Boundary Bend LimitedProduce a polyphenol based functional ingredient from production waste material.$75,000.00Food Security and Sustainability
October
Sustainable Production Research and TrainingFood Value Chain Mapping - Tasmania$4,900.00Food Security and Sustainability
September
Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics – Victoria UniversityFood Australia Map: Supply Chain Services Map$10,000.00Food Security and Sustainability
JuneDairy Innovation Australia Limited and Sutton Grange Organic Farm.Develop technical specification for value adding facility for Goat Cheese farming.$15,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June
TropicoOptimal extraction of watermelon juice$30,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June
Liquorice LandProduce Allergen Free liquorice$12,500.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
JuneVictoria University- Institute for Supply Chain and LogisticsDevelop based interactive tool for E- commerce Evaluation of industry$68,000.00A Global Marketplace
January
Australian Wine Research Institute and Dairy Innovation Australia LtdInvestigation of the manufacturing process for production of regional Malolactic fermentation isolates for use in Australian Wine manufacture$17,500.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
January
Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd and Jonsey’s Dairy GroupShelf life extension of Milk by microfiltration technologies$15,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
2015
2015Business(es)Project
Funding AmountSector Priority
DecemberProgel Pty Ltd,Optimise manufacturing technology for commercialisation of functional ingredients.$75,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
DecemberAustgrainsOptimise specific Wheat varieties for Asian Baking and Noodle Making$60,000.00
A Global Marketplace
November
Boundary Bend LimitedProduce a polyphenol based functional ingredient from production waste material.$75,000.00Food Security and Sustainability
October
Sustainable Production Research and TrainingFood Value Chain Mapping - Tasmania$4,900.00Food Security and Sustainability
September
Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics – Victoria UniversityFood Australia Map: Supply Chain Services Map$10,000.00Food Security and Sustainability
JuneDairy Innovation Australia Limited and Sutton Grange Organic Farm.Develop technical specification for value adding facility for Goat Cheese farming.$15,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June
TropicoOptimal extraction of watermelon juice$30,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June
Liquorice LandProduce Allergen Free liquorice$12,500.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
JuneVictoria University- Institute for Supply Chain and LogisticsDevelop based interactive tool for E- commerce Evaluation of industry$68,000.00A Global Marketplace
January
Australian Wine Research Institute and Dairy Innovation Australia LtdInvestigation of the manufacturing process for production of regional Malolactic fermentation isolates for use in Australian Wine manufacture$17,500.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
January
Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd and Jonsey’s Dairy GroupShelf life extension of Milk by microfiltration technologies$15,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
2014
2014Business(es)Project
Funding AmountSector Priority
DecemberSpanish Boutique Beverages PtyImprove manufacturing scale of Sangria$32,849.50Enhanced Production and Value Addition
DecemberWild Finger LimesImprove processing and production techniques for Australian Finger Limes.$32,849.50Enhanced Production and Value Addition
December
Victoria University- Institute for Supply Chain and LogisticsAssess the eCommerce sector in regard to Food Exports and trading.$150,000.00A Global Marketplace
SeptemberGreens General FoodsDevelop Flavour application technologies for use in healthy Popcorn manufacture.$15,000.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition
SeptemberDairy Innovation Australia and Organic Dairy Farmers of AustraliaDevelopment of Buttermilk Products for Domestic and Export Markets$26,500.00A Global Marketplace
July
The Allergen Bureau LimitedVITAL Online Calculator Development and Implementation$89,700.00Enhanced Production and Value Addition

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Project Fund Program

The Project Fund is open to businesses anywhere along the Food and Agribusiness value chain. To find out more, we recommend you read through the eligibility guidelines

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ESCP Eligibility & Details

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