The Clean Technology Innovation Program is a central element of the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future plan announced in July 2011. The Clean Energy Future plan provides transitional assistance for businesses and industry through the $8.6 billion Jobs and Competitiveness Program, the $1.2 billion Clean Technology Program, the $300 million Steel Transformation Plan and the $1.3 billion Coal Sector Jobs Package.
What is the Clean Technology Innovation Program?
The Clean Technology Innovation Program is a $200 million competitive, merit-based grant program. It will assist Australian industry to maintain competitiveness in a carbon-constrained economy through providing funding to support applied research and development, proof-of-concept and early stage commercialisation activities to develop new products, processes and services in the areas of clean energy, low-emission technology and other energy-efficient technologies.
The Program will offer grants from $50,000 to $5 million dollars and will fund up to 50 per cent of eligible expenditure on a 1:1 funding basis.
An eligible applicant must be:
- a non tax-exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001; or
- a wholly or majority owned Commonwealth or State Government body that either:
- derives its income primarily from commercial sources;
- does not receive significant recurrent government
- returns any part of a trading surplus to a government in
the form of an annual dividend or similar payment.
Applicants must demonstrate that they:
- can match the grant funding on a 1:1 basis over the life of
- have access to, and/or the beneficial use of, any intellectual
property necessary to carry out and/or commercialise the
proposed project; and
- comply with their obligations under the Equal Opportunity
for Women in the Workplace Act 1999.
For the purpose of the Clean Technology Innovation Program, clean technology is defined as the development and/or adaptation of an economically competitive and productive technology and/or associated services designed to deliver greater energy efficiency and/or greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions than its alternatives.
A broad range of project applications and technologies are expected. For example projects could include, but are not limited to:
Technologies to generate energy from renewable and low emissions sources
- Low emission coal
Methods, equipment, technology and associated services to reduce energy demand or increase
- More energy efficient industrial equipment
- Energy efficient water treatment technologies
- Waste management technologies that reduce energy demand
A component that will
reduce greenhouse gas emissions via the product
in which it is used
- New gearing in a wind turbine
to improve the efficiency of
Projects can extend over a maximum period of two years and six months.
Eligible applicants will be assessed against the four following, equally weighted, criteria:
- Extent of the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions or energy consumption associated with the project
- Commercial potential of the project
- Technical strength of the project (including the technical capability and resources available to the applicant)
- Management capability of the applicant.
As part of the merit assessment process, applicants will need to demonstrate the extent of the reduction in carbon emissions and/or energy consumption. Applicants should provide evidence for the energy use or greenhouse gas emissions of the product, process or service that the project is aiming to replace – that is, the current best available technology or best practice. Applicants need to provide base data to allow comparison to the post project results in order to demonstrate there will be energy savings or greenhouse gas emission reduction.
It is important that applicants are able to clearly explain the rationale behind the calculations.
- The primary platform for lodging applications will be online applications, which may be submitted electronically at any time.
- The eligibility of applications will be assessed through a Registration of Interest form. An AusIndustry Customer Service Manager will refer applicants to other government support programs if deemed more suitable.
- Eligible applicants will be invited to complete a full Application Form. These will be assessed on a continuous basis, by a committee formed under Innovation Australia. Innovation Australia will provide expert independent advice in respect to the merit and rank order of applications. In their assessment process, Innovation Australia will take into consideration the value for money of each eligible application.
- The Program Delegate, an AusIndustry official authorised by the Minister to administer the program, will make grant offers taking into account Innovation Australia’s merit assessment and the availability of program funds.
- Applicants will be informed in writing of the success
or otherwise of their applications.
- Compliance requirements for successful applicants are set out in the Funding Agreement and explained further in the Guide to Managing Your Grant, both available on the AusIndustry website ausindustry.gov.au.
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