Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) – Renewables and Low Emissions Round

This initiative funds small to medium-sized businesses to develop innovative solutions to government policy and service delivery issues. This round is centered on renewable energy and low-emission techniques. In this article, we can help you know the process and eligibility.

What do you get?

Grants range from $50,000 to $100,000 for renewable and low-emissions feasibility projects. If your Feasibility project is successful, you could get up to $1 million to create a proof of concept.


We are looking for creative solutions to government policy and service delivery concerns. The three challenges in this round of BRII center on renewable energy and low-carbon activities. The challenges are:
  • Increasing energy efficiency of commercial fishing operations.
  • Powering safe drinking water for Australian First Nations remote communities.
  • Alternative packaging for premium Australian wine.
These challenges support the Government’s Net Zero commitment and the National Reconstruction Fund’s priority area of renewables and low emissions technologies. There will be two grant opportunities as part of this program: Stage 1 – Feasibility grant opportunity The purpose of the Feasibility grant is to evaluate the technical and commercial viability of your proposed solutions. Stage 2 – Proof of Concept grant opportunity The purpose of the Proof of Concept grant is to help you build on your feasibility project and create operational prototypes or demonstrations. Only applicants that have completed a feasibility project will be asked to apply.

Renewables and Low Emissions challenges fact sheets

Check these resources to learn more about the program and its challenges.

Check if you can apply

You may apply if you match the eligibility requirements. The eligibility criteria are a collection of regulations that specify who can be considered for this grant. You may apply if:


You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • are one of the following entities:
    • an entity, incorporated in Australia
    • an individual or partnership, provided you agree to form a company incorporated in Australia
  • have an annual turnover of less than $20 million for the last three financial years.

You can’t apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • income tax exempt
  • an individual or a partnership (unless you form an incorporated company prior to signing the grant agreement)
  • an unincorporated association
  • a trust (including an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust).

Partner with other organisations

You can collaborate with one or more other organisations. However, you must decide on the principal organisation. The leading organisation must complete the application form and meet the eligibility requirements.

If we give your group the grant, the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for ensuring you and your project partners adhere to the terms of the grant agreement.


The project can last up to three months. Your proposal must demonstrate the viability of your suggested solution to one of the renewable energy and low-carbon issues.


You can apply for a Feasibility grant of between $50,000 and $100,000.


When you’re ready to apply

Create or log into your portal account.

  1. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  2. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure your application contains enough content and supporting documentation to help us decide whether to award you the funding. Do not apply till it is completed. You cannot remedy a mistake.

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Stuart Reynolds is the founder of Fullstack Advisory, an award-winning accounting firm for businesses leading the future. He is a 3rd generation accountant who specialises in tech & online companies.

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