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The Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF) provides matched funding to small to medium manufacturing enterprises for small-scale early stage research projects



The fund is a $4 million funding initiative, and forms part of the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund which will boost innovation, skills, and employment in advanced manufacturing.

The grant will run over four years with funding of $1 million per year from 2017–18 to 2020–21.

The grant will cover up to 50% of eligible project costs


Level of support

Matched funding of between $100,000 and $400,000


Eligible activities

The Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund provides small to medium manufacturing enterprises with funding for rapid initial feasibility testing, which allows projects to then move quickly to larger-scale research or commercialisation

The funding may be used for activities directly related to the project, including:

  • equipment development, testing and installation
  • software development, testing and deployment
  • materials, consumables, and laboratory disposables
  • salaries and consulting fees directly related to the activities in the project
  • travel and accommodation for field activities in Australia
  • capital expenditure where the equipment/works are directly related to the project


Eligible small business applicants

Small to medium manufacturing enterprises. To be eligible, you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be a small to medium manufacturing enterprise with less than 200 employees
  • be non tax-exempt
  • be registered for the goods and services tax (GST)


Important dates

Applications close 30th of June 2021


How to apply

Lodge an expression of interest with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre here


Getting help

Dowling Consultancy welcomes enquiries from small businesses requiring professional grant application and submission guidance to enhance their chances of success. We have assisted numerous businesses with grant applications that win government grants. Contact Steve Dowling on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation discussion


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