CSIRO opens Innovate to Grow program to clean energy SMEs

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Australia’s CSIRO is calling on small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working on clean energy solutions to apply for the latest ‘Innovate to Grow’ program.

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Since launching in 2020, CSIRO’s Innovate to Grow program has equipped over 600 SMEs with the knowledge and tools to explore research and development (R&D) opportunities, and to develop actionable R&D business and funding plans.

CSIRO has now partnered with Trailblazer for Recycling and Clean Energy (TRaCE) to deliver the new Innovate to Grow: Clean Energy program.

The free online program will provide Australian SMEs a supportive environment with expert facilitators, experienced researchers and self-paced deliverables to guide successful applicants through their technical or business challenges.

Professor Emmanuel Mastio, Executive Director of TRaCE said SMEs, scaleups and startups are key to building sovereign supply chains on Australia’s path to a clean energy economy.

“We need to bring our universities into the fold and see a shift in our approach where SMEs and industry are provided greater support to commercialise their innovations and de-risk investment at speed,” Professor Mastio said.

“At TRaCE, we are extremely focused on emissions reductions and our path to net zero. We jumped at the opportunity to extend our ecosystem of support through CSIRO’s Innovate to Grow program’s Clean Energy series.”

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Innovate to Grow: Clean Energy is open to SMEs working in energy storage, electrification, energy modelling and integrated systems, carbon management, renewable energy, renewable heat, and sustainable fuels. Applications close 23 June 2024.

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