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Up to $10 million for universities, research facilities, and industry to establish shared infrastructure that facilitates the scale-up of prototype devices and components within Queensland.

What is the Quantum Commercialisation Infrastructure Program (QCIP)?

The Quantum and Advanced Technologies Commercialisation Infrastructure Program (QCIP) is an initiative by the Queensland Government aimed at supporting the development and commercialisation of quantum and advanced technologies. The program co-invests with universities, research facilities, and industry to establish shared infrastructure that facilitates the scale-up of prototype devices and components within Queensland. The primary goal is to retain value-adding and manufacturing opportunities within the state.

QCIP level of support

  • Minimum grant amount: $500,000
  • Maximum grant amount: $10,000,000
  • Funding is available to cover infrastructure, plant and equipment, and staffing costs for projects lasting up to three years.
  • Applications that include cash contributions from applicants and partners are strongly encouraged
  • Projects requesting the maximum funding must demonstrate significant ecosystem benefits, co-investment, and the establishment of consortia for project delivery.

QCIP important dates

  • Application Deadline: 29 July 2024
  • Notification of Outcome: End of September 2024
  • Register your interest with GrantHelper

QCIP objectives

The program aims to:

  • Increase the pipeline of quantum and advanced technology devices and components ready for scaled-up manufacturing or direct sales.
  • Establish Queensland as a prime destination for the development of quantum and advanced technology businesses and products.
  • Increase leverage of Australian Government and other sources of funding.

Projects eligible for QCIP support

Projects that align with the Queensland Quantum and Advanced Technologies Strategy are invited to apply. Eligible projects should enhance Queensland’s commercialisation capability in one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Quantum systems, devices, components, and materials
  • Quantum and advanced technologies supply chain
  • Photonics, including integrated photonics capabilities
  • Compound semiconductor devices and components
  • Technologies based on superconductors
  • Technologies based on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Integration of these technologies into prototypes and systems
  • Characterisation and testing for commercialisation purposes

See the guidelines for full details of projects eligible for QCIP support.

Expenditure eligible for QCIP support

Eligible project costs include:

  • Salaries for technical staff employed specifically for the project.
  • Purchase, leasing, design, construction, and installation of instrumentation or plant equipment located in Queensland.
  • Fee-for-service researchers and/or technical staff necessary for the project.

Exclusions from funding include administrative overheads, researcher travel, and accommodation expenses, costs already supported by government grants, payments to third parties for R&D, and free access to infrastructure.

Other QCIP important details that you will need to know

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be registered for GST and have an Australian Business Number.
  • Conduct or plan to conduct research commercialisation in Queensland.
  • Be a university, research agency, NCRIS facility, or a limited company.
  • Submit only one application per project.

 

See the guidelines for full details of organisations eligible for QCIP support.

Applications are assessed based on four key criteria:

  • Uplift in Commercialisation Capability: Demonstrated alignment with priority areas, potential impact on Queensland’s commercialisation capability, and demand from interstate and overseas users.
  • Proponent Capability: Applicant’s technical and professional skills, track record, support for under-represented groups, and risk management strategies.
  • Engagement and Utilisation: Anticipated utilisation by industry and research organisations, strategy for user engagement, and access regime.
  • Value for Money and Financial Sustainability: Economic impact, job creation, budget, financial sustainability, and future investment attraction. The application must demonstrate the cash and in-kind contributions of the applicant and any partners, as well as a comprehensive and realistic project budget that separates eligible and ineligible expenses.

 

See the guidelines for full details of the assessment criteria.

Applicants must:

  • Read and understand the guidelines.
  • Ensure eligibility for the funding. Applicants that do not meet all the eligibility criteria will not be considered.
  • Deliver the project as outlined in the application.
  • Provide complete information requirements.

 

Applicants should prepare:

  • Detailed project plans and budgets.
  • Evidence of partner support and contributions.
  • Strategies for risk management and user engagement.
  • Plans for promoting the project and acknowledging Queensland Government funding.

 

See the guidelines for full details of information requirements.

Interested organisations can apply by completing an online application form through SmartyGrants.

Register your interest with GrantHelper to explore your alignment with this grant and how we can assist you to increase your chances of success.

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