CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has launched an online program to help domestic agrifood small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) advance their technologies through R&D. 

CSIRO says the free 10-week program will begin 2 November and is available for a limited number of SMEs in sub-sectors including but not limited to complementary proteins, meat and meat processing, agriculture, aquaculture, and beverage and/or fermentation.

Upon completion of the program, eligible participants may have the opportunity to connect to research expertise nationally, along with dollar-matched R&D funding, through CSIRO’s support. 

The program is bolstered by CSIRO’s Trusted Agrifood Exports Mission and Future Protein Mission, which said it seeks to create new Australian protein products and ingredients that earn an additional $10 billion in revenue by 2030. 

Dr Monika Szabo, CSIRO’s SME Collaboration Manager, emphasised how the program can benefit the participating SMEs through R&D.

“Over the course of this program, CSIRO and industry sector experts will equip you with the skills to assess the viability of your innovation, build a business case and prepare a strong funding application,” Szabo said.  

CSIRO said expressions of interest for the program are now open and will close on Sunday 15 October 2023. Interested parties may apply here

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