PROJECT FUND

The Project Fund supports innovation projects that encourage collaboration between small and large businesses in the food and agribusiness sector, to lift productivity and competitiveness. How? By offering matched funding of over $100,000 and up to $2M to help you solve an innovation challenge. The Project Fund aims to boost competitiveness and productivity in Australia across the six Industry Growth Sectors, by providing matched funding for multiple collaborative industry partners (a ‘Consortium’) to deliver innovation projects that address one or more of the four objectives of the Growth Centres:
  • Identifying opportunities to reduce regulatory burden
  • Increasing collaboration and commercialisation between researchers and industry
  • Improving capabilities to engage with international markets and global supply chains
  • Enhancing management and workforce skills

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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.

FIAL - Funding Recipients

2018 Business(es) Project Funding Amount Sector Priority
October Cooee Cuisine Pty Ltd Develop range of low sodium meal solutions $12,500.00 The Future Consumer/ Sodium Reduction
August Sunfresh Marketing Co Op Extend shelf life and utilise waste from Avocado processing $67,803.00 Reduce Food Waste and Loss
July Collaboration between: Mainstream Aquaculture, Helmaqua Pty Ltd, Humpty Doo Barramundi & Australian Barramundi Farmers Association Further improve the quality of Australian Barramundi product and methods to ensure world’s best practise $1,814,500.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
July Offally Good Food Extend shelf life of Organic Pates $7,500.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
February Cheesecellar Pty Ltd Develop of Raw Cheese manufacturing standard $34,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
2017 Business(es) Project Funding Amount Sector Priority
October Collaboration between: Logio Group, University of Sydney, Next Instruments, Glycemic Index Foundation, Ricegrowers Ltd, Verspan AG & NSW Department of Primary Industries Develop a tool for rapid testing of foods and ingredients for positive nutritional benefits. $127,500.00 The Future Consumer
August Austrgrains Pty Ltd Identify new strains of wheat for export markets $17,000.00 A Global Marketplace
May Meals on Wheels QLD Develop a functional food for elderly populations $50,000.00 The Future Consumer
May Collaboration between: Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity & Woolworths Develop system to optimise the application of refrigeration to maintain quality and freshness in energy efficient manner. $41,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
March Immuron Limited Develop function ingredient from bovine colostrum. $50,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
February Tasfoods Limited Develop new processing techniques for milk to access new export markets $10,909.00 A Global Marketplace
2016 Business(es) Project Funding Amount Sector Priority
December Boundary Bend Limited Develop additional value adding opportunities from food grade production waste $34,642.00 Food Security and Sustainability
December Thermosorb Extend the shelf life of meat products using proprietary packaging technology $40,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June Progel Pty Ltd Further optimise manufacture for improved commercialisation of functional ingredients. $44,556.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June Australian Bay Seafoods Improve the eating quality of Saddletail Snapper, to improve domestic market acceptance $49,014.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
April Blue Harvest Improve the quality of Australian Prawns stored under frozen conditions. $5,340.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
March Moria Mac’s Poultry and Fine Foods Pty Ltd Extend the shelf life of poultry products using natural preservatives. $16,125.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
February ProPortion Foods Develop Functional Foods specifically for the aging population. $60,000.00 The Future Consumer
February Innovablend Development of functional ingredient powders from sugar cane and cocoa. $46,279.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
February Outback Grain Co Pty Ltd Development of Teff for new Gluten free products. $72,946.50 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
February Pactum Dairy Group Increase the shelf life of UHT Dairy products for export market development $25,000.00 A Global Marketplace
February Flavourtech Develop advanced spray drying and flavour extraction techniques for beverages. $37,500.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
2015 Business(es) Project Funding Amount Sector Priority
December Progel Pty Ltd, Optimise manufacturing technology for commercialisation of functional ingredients. $75,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
December Austgrains Optimise specific Wheat varieties for Asian Baking and Noodle Making $60,000.00 A Global Marketplace
November Boundary Bend Limited Produce a polyphenol based functional ingredient from production waste material. $75,000.00 Food Security and Sustainability
October Sustainable Production Research and Training Food Value Chain Mapping - Tasmania $4,900.00 Food Security and Sustainability
September Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics – Victoria University Food Australia Map: Supply Chain Services Map $10,000.00 Food Security and Sustainability
June Dairy Innovation Australia Limited and Sutton Grange Organic Farm. Develop technical specification for value adding facility for Goat Cheese farming. $15,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June Tropico Optimal extraction of watermelon juice $30,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June Liquorice Land Produce Allergen Free liquorice $12,500.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
June Victoria University- Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics Develop based interactive tool for E- commerce Evaluation of industry $68,000.00 A Global Marketplace
January Australian Wine Research Institute and Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd Investigation of the manufacturing process for production of regional Malolactic fermentation isolates for use in Australian Wine manufacture $17,500.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
January Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd and Jonsey’s Dairy Group Shelf life extension of Milk by microfiltration technologies $15,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
2014 Business(es) Project Funding Amount Sector Priority
December Spanish Boutique Beverages Pty Improve manufacturing scale of Sangria $32,849.50 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
December Wild Finger Limes Improve processing and production techniques for Australian Finger Limes. $32,849.50 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
December Victoria University- Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics Assess the eCommerce sector in regard to Food Exports and trading. $150,000.00 A Global Marketplace
September Greens General Foods Develop Flavour application technologies for use in healthy Popcorn manufacture. $15,000.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition
September Dairy Innovation Australia and Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia Development of Buttermilk Products for Domestic and Export Markets $26,500.00 A Global Marketplace
July The Allergen Bureau Limited VITAL Online Calculator Development and Implementation $89,700.00 Enhanced Production and Value Addition