$350,000 unlocked in Government grants for Kontrol4 customers in 2016



Would you like to know if your business is eligible for grant funding for your new Enterprise Quality Management System Software in 2018?

Please read on...


If you are considering the purchase of an Enterprise Quality Management Software System, you may be surprised to hear the Australian Government thinks this is a worthwhile investment and in 2018, a range of Government grants are still available.

Something many Australian Business owners are unaware of, is the amount of Government funding available, and how it can be accessed by people that do not even know it exists.

Kontrol4 have created this page to share some common grants from the Australian Government 's "Entrepreneur Programme" especially the Innovation's Connection Program, however before you apply, please note the annual turnover figures to qualify for the Innovations Connection Program are that your business or company must have:

  •  an annual turnover or operating expenditure between $1.5 million ($750,000 for remote Australia and Northern Australia) and $100 million

If you think your business will fall within this financial bracket and you would like to apply, please mention this to your sales consultant at the time of your initial demonstration. The grant process can take many months, and it is best to get things moving sooner rather than later. 

So, presuming you fall into the  financial bracket mentioned above, let's get started!


At a glance - Innovation Connections

Status-  Open

Provides small and medium sized businesses with access to expert technology advice to address technology and knowledge gaps, and collaborate with the research sector in developing new ideas with commercial potential. Support includes up to $50,000 in matched funding to work on collaborative projects.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a for-profit, non-tax exempt company who is registered for GST and operating in Australia for at least three years
  • have an annual turnover or operating expenditure between $1.5 million ($750,000 for remote Australia and Northern Australia) and $100 million
  • be operating in a specified Growth Sector.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

For Innovation Connections Facilitation, applications may be made at any time.

For Innovation Connections Grant, applications must be made within 12 months of receiving an Innovation Facilitation Repor


The full details are placed below. 


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Overview

Innovation Connections assists small and medium sized businesses to access knowledge, engage with researchers and innovate. Read our customer stories to find out how our customers are using Innovation Connections to grow their business.

The Innovation Connections Facilitation service is free. Depending on your enquiry type, and the outcomes of your facilitation, you may subsequently apply for an Innovation Connections Grant.

Innovation Connections Facilitation

An Innovation Facilitator will help you to assess the gaps in your business knowledge and provide specialist support. There are three types of facilitations available:

  • IT Facilitation – helps your business to find solutions to your information technology needs
  • Technology Facilitation – helps your business to identify new technology, knowledge and expertise
  • Research Facilitation – helps your business to identify critical and strategic research needs and pathways to engage and collaborate with the research sector.

At the end of the engagement, you will be provided with a Facilitation Report that outlines your business’ needs and opportunities. Based on the nature of your enquiry, the report will either recommend IT solutions, off-the-shelf technologies or collaborative research projects. For research projects, you will be able to apply for an Innovation Connections Grant to help co-fund the collaboration.

Innovation Connections Grant

Following a Research Facilitation, you can apply for an Innovation Connections Grant to undertake a research project that addresses the recommendations made in the Facilitation Report.

Research projects must be in collaboration with a Publicly Funded Research Organisation (PFRO) and should develop a new idea with commercial potential. Your Innovation Facilitator will help you decide which three available grants will suit your business needs:

  • Researcher Placement – placing a researcher in your business (up to a maximum of $50,000)
  • Business Researcher Placement – placing a researcher from your business into a PFRO (up to a maximum of $50,000)
  • Graduate Placement – employing a graduate or post-graduate with a relevant degree into your business to work on a specific Innovation Connections project (up to a maximum of $30,000).

Eligibility criteria

Innovation Connections Facilitation

To be eligible for an Innovation Connections Facilitation, your business must:

  • be a solvent, for-profit, non-tax exempt company that is registered for GST and incorporated and operating in Australia
  • be a company with trading activities that are the majority of its overall activities
  • have filed Business Activity Statements showing ongoing trading in at least three successive years
  • have an annual turnover or operating expenditure in the current or one of the two previous financial years:
    • between $1.5 million and $100 million or
    • between $750,000 and $100 million for applicants from remote Australia or Northern Australia
  • not have received an Innovation Connections Facilitation before
  • satisfy one of the following:
    • be operating in one or more growth sectors:
      • advanced manufacturing
      • food and agribusiness
      • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
      • mining equipment, technology and services
      • oil, gas and energy resources, or
    • provide enabling technologies or services to one or more of the growth sectors, or
    • show commitment to, and have the skills, capability, intellectual property or expertise to operate in, one of the growth sectors in the future.

You cannot apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee that meets the trading activity requirements above may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, State or Local Government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth).

Innovation Connections Grant

To be eligible for an Innovation Connections Grant, your business must:

  • have received an Innovation Facilitation Report
  • apply within 12 months of receiving the report
  • be able to fund the total project costs, as the grant is paid after completion of the project
  • not use in-kind contributions or funds from other government grants or programmes to cover the project costs
  • not have received a grant in the last five years, unless a supplementary grant is permitted by the Programme Guidelines.

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to the Customer information guide.

How to apply

Innovation Connections Facilitation

Each application must be completed by an authorised representative of your business, such as the Chief Executive Officer or an authorised manager. You may contact an Innovation Facilitator in your state before applying, to find out if our services are right for you or for assistance with applying.

Apply for an Innovation Connections Facilitation

Innovation Connections Grant

To apply for an Innovation Connections Grant, you must have received an Innovation Facilitation Report within the last 12 months.

Apply for an Innovation Connections Grant

Key documents

Quick guides

Innovation facilitators

If your business is eligible, one of our highly skilled facilitators can provide you with a comprehensive Innovation Connections Facilitation.

Grant recipients

Read about the research collaboration projects Innovation Connections is supporting.