Grants for COVID-19 health and wellbeing solutions

ACU Collaborate Plus has recently launched the Innovation Districts COVID-19 R&D Challenges in partnership with the NSW Government.

We are seeking to identify businesses that intend to accelerate the commercialisation of research products and services that address the many disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ACU is one of 12 partnering institutions in NSW tasked to deliver three rounds of challenges, with grants of up to $250,000 available. ACU researchers are called to work with Collaborate Plus to identify any known or possible partners to respond to these challenges. 

Challenge One is now open and the challenge statement is: health and wellbeing solutions that reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the people of NSW. Expressions of interest close 1 November 2020.

The challenge is open to any NSW-based businesses that have a relationship with ACU or are located in the areas in which ACU has a campus and that meet the eligibility criteria below.

To be eligible, businesses must have:

  • an ABN registered in NSW and is based in NSW
  • fewer than 200 employees
  • operated for at least 12 months, based on date of ABN registration
  • at least $75,000 in sales revenue within the past 12 months or previous financial year
  • a product or service (which may still be in development) that directly addresses the health and wellbeing impact of COVID-19 that it intends to market within 12 months
  • ownership that is at least 75 per cent Australian and is not more than 50 per cent owned by another business.

Eligible businesses must also provide:

  • an operating profit and loss statement for the past 12 months or previous financial year
  • brief profiles of key personnel such as CV or LinkedIn accounts
  • nomination of their primary innovation district partner.

    The following will not be considered eligible for funding:
  • solutions that do not directly respond to the challenge statement for health and wellbeing solutions that address the impact of COVID-19
  • solutions designed to improve internal business processes
  • a Commonwealth, state or local government agency or body including government business enterprises.

Find out more on the Innovation District COVID-19 R&D Challenge webpage.


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