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Australia is a top Competitor PDF Print E-mail
Written by GrantSmart
Thursday, 18 October 2012 11:37

Australia remains a top global competitor according to the World Economic Forum's latest report - The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-13.

The report assesses 144 economies across 12 pillars of competitiveness. Australia was ranked 20th with an average score of 5.12, just 0.6 percentage points away from the number one ranked country Switzerland.

For more information, including how we ranked against some of the pillars compared to other countries, please visit the Austrade website.

New creative industries start-up fund PDF Print E-mail
Written by GrantSmart
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 18:43

Queensland University of Technology is offering entrepreneurs in the creative industries up to $150,000 to develop and launch their ideas through its commercial arm Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA). Applications for the CEA investment fund will open mid-2013.

For more information, read the full article at StartupSmart.

Federal Grant Programs on Hold PDF Print E-mail
Written by GrantSmart
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 14:07

As reported by SmartCompany, all competitive Federal Government programs are currently "paused" pending a review. This includes key programs such as Commercialisation Australia and the Clean Technology Investment and Innovation Programs.

What does this mean? CEO of Commercialisation Australia, Doron Ben-Meier has stated that while Commercialisation Australia is operating business as usual, no new grants are being written.

"There is a temporary pause while they review all of the grant programs", he said.

"It's not intended to be a long-term solution. But the program is not on hold, this only applies with regard to the writing of new grants."

Read the full article at SmartCompany.

Will R&D Tax Incentive Be Cut? PDF Print E-mail
Written by GrantSmart
Friday, 10 August 2012 11:45

A paper set to be handed down by the Business Tax Working Group next week will reportedly recommend cutting the company tax rate at the expense of research and development.

Reports suggest that tax concessions for exploration in the oil and gas industries be snipped, but access to R&D in other industries be restricted to some extent as well.

More details are available at SmartCompany.

Drop in grant funding for collaborative industry programs PDF Print E-mail
Written by GrantSmart
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 16:26

Despite the apparent heavy focus by Federal Government on supporting University R&D, linkage grants for 2012 were down by $22 million from last year. University leaders have raised quoins about where the funding has gone, suggesting it may have been redirected to another program. Further criticism was directed at the change from 2 funding rounds each year to only 1, making it an 18-month cycle between applying for funding and actually getting the money. For more information see the article published by SmartCompany.

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