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CSIRO is spending $20 million to help up to 750 startups and small businesses dive deeper into R&D

- April 3, 2024 2 MIN READ

National science agency CSIRO has allocated $20 million towards supporting startups and smaller companies with greater access to vital research and development (R&D) opportunities to accelerate their growth. Up to 750 small to medium enterprises (SMEs) will be supported under the banner of SME Connect via programs that provide facilitation, training, dollar-matched funding and support… Read more »

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Synthetic biology is a $30 billion opportunity creating 50,000 jobs according to CSIRO and its VC arm

- February 27, 2024 2 MIN READ

Synthetic biology – referred to as “synbio” by insiders – could develop industry worth billions of dollars, creating thousands more jobs that previously expected according to a new report by national science agency, CSIRO, and its venture capital fund, Main Sequence. The Synthetic Biology National Progress Report, released this week, is an update to the 2021… Read more »

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Here are the 12 deep tech startups CSIRO chose for its latest ON Accelerate program

- December 7, 2023 3 MIN READ

Science agency CSIRO has announced the 12 planned deep-tech startups selected for its ON Accelerate program in 2024. The ideas span everything from global health challenges to sustainability through circularity, and advanced manufacturing. The ON program gives university researchers access to a network of industry experts and investors, to help them refine and validate their… Read more »

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CSIRO opens the door for its R&D funding program, Kick-Start, to larger companies

- October 31, 2023 2 MIN READ

National science agency CSIRO has expanded the qualifying criteria its Kick-Start program, which offers Australian small businesses can now access research and development (R&D) funding. Businesses with a turnover of up to $10 million are now eligible, up from the previous $1.5 million threshold. The Kick-Start program offers dollar-matched funding to access CSIRO’s research expertise… Read more »

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CSIRO has launched a free online innovation program for agrifood startups

- September 19, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is offering a new online learning program for free for startups focused on innovation in agrifood. The ‘Innovate to Grow: Agrifood’ program runs for 10 weeks from November and is designed to help early-stage companies assess how they can advance their technologies, solutions and ideas through research and development (R&D).… Read more »

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How silicon are our valleys? New CSIRO mapping identifies Australia’s tech clusters

- August 1, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australia has nearly 100 Antipodean ‘Silicon Valley’ sites creating nearly two-thirds of the country’s tech jobs, according to a new report mapping digital technology clusters nationally for the first time. The report, ‘The geography of Australia’s digital industries’, was produced by CSIRO, and the Tech Council of Australia. It found there are 96 digital clusters… Read more »

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Why thermal energy storage is the overlooked solution to Australia’s renewable energy problems

- April 12, 2023 3 MIN READ

Australia’s transition to renewables is gathering speed, but there’s a looming problem with storage. We will need much more long-duration storage to get us through the night, once coal and fossil gas exit the system. We also need to find new and better ways to create heat for industrial processes. Renewables can supply much of… Read more »

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CSIRO says Australia’s renewable energy storage capacity needs to 10x to keep the lights on

- March 29, 2023 2 MIN READ

The shift to renewable energy to meet net zero targets will mean Australia has to dramatically scale up its battery storage capacity, a new report from national science agency,CSIRO says. The Renewable Energy Storage Roadmap outlines a 10 to 14-fold increase is required in electricity storage capacity between 2025-2050 for the national electricity market (NEM) to… Read more »


CSIRO revives its ON Accelerate program

- August 29, 2022 2 MIN READ

The CSIRO has revived its ON startup accelerator program, three years after shutting it down, as the government and universities ramp up their push to commercialise research. ON originally launched in 2015 as part of CSIRO’s Innovation Catalyst strategy, supported by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. But in late 2019,… Read more »

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Climate change, going digital and autonomous: the 7 megatrends CSIRO says are shaping the world

- July 28, 2022 4 MIN READ

Around 3.7 million Australians have been unintentionally caught in an ocean rip. For the unprepared it can be a harrowing experience – but for experienced surfers, rips are a handy way to ride through the whitewash and out to the break. We’re not surfers, but we work at Australia’s national science agency in “strategic foresight”,… Read more »

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From plant-based burgers to insects: the CSIRO’s protein roadmap to where to invest

- April 19, 2022 3 MIN READ

As demand for alternative protein sources grows, Australians are increasingly looking for options that are healthy, sustainable and ethically made. At CSIRO, we have produced a “protein roadmap” to guide investments in a diverse range of new products and ingredients. We believe plant-based patties, lab-made meat and insects are just some of the foods set… Read more »