Clean Technology Research and Development Grants Program

Grants for early stage development of new low emissions technologies, services or processes.

Expressions of interest open on Tuesday 5 October 2021 and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23 November 2021.

Read the 2021 Program Guidelines before you apply.

2021 Program Guidelines

Submit your Expression of interest using the online form.

Clean Technology Research and Development 2021 Expression of interest form

Join us for an information session about the program from 10-11am on Wednesday 13 October.

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Purpose

The purpose of the $40 million Clean Technology Innovation Research and Development Grants Program is to invest in research and development of commercially viable technologies, services or processes that have potential to significantly reduce emissions of high emitting or hard-to-abate sectors within the NSW economy up to, and beyond, 2030.

The objectives of the grants are to:

  • support and progress early stage clean technology research and development where a clear market opportunity has been identified
  • promote collaboration and knowledge sharing.

These objectives support the ultimate mission to create an environment in New South Wales where innovation is supported so new technologies are domestically developed, tested and used in the market. This will position New South Wales as a leading investment destination and unlocks export opportunities in coming decades.

2021 priorities

The grants will be awarded via 6 annual funding rounds. Annual funding priorities will be guided by the NSW Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer Decarbonisation Innovation Study. Priorities for 2021 are:

  • Electrification and Energy Systems – accelerating renewable energy solutions and supporting the uptake of electrification in other sectors.
  • Land and Primary Industries – coordinating and aligning efforts in the next wave of sustainable primary industry practices as the sector contributes significant proportions of NSW emissions.
  • Power Fuels including Hydrogen – growing an environmentally sustainable NSW powerfuels industry and unlocking decarbonisation opportunities for many hard-to-abate sectors beyond 2030.

Proposals of clearly established outstanding merit (e.g. those that have the potential to deliver significant emission reductions at very low cost) that demonstrably cannot fit within the grant round priorities can be discussed further with the department.

If your project falls outside of the 3 priorities, please contact the Environmental Trust on (02) 8837 6093 or info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au before submitting an Expression of interest.

Funding available

Total allocation for round 1 (2021) Minimum grant size Maximum grant size Maximum project duration
$5,000,000 $400,000 $4,000,000 3 years

Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program

The Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program is the NSW Government's plan to support and partner with industry to reduce emissions and help NSW businesses prosper in a low carbon world. By accelerating the development of clean technology and decarbonisation, we will grow the economy, support jobs and significantly reduce emissions.

The program is part of the NSW Government's NSW Government's Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020–2030 to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.

The program has 3 areas of focus:

  • Clean Technology Innovation
  • New Low Carbon Industry Foundations
  • High Emitting Industries.

The Clean Technology Innovation focus area aims to create an environment in New South Wales where innovation is supported so new technologies are domestically developed, tested and utilised in the market.

Who can apply?

Grants are open to public and private sector organisations that have applied expertise in clean technology innovation. Each organisation can submit a maximum of 3 Expressions of interest per grant round. The grant guidelines contain further information on eligibility.

Application process

The application and assessment process will take place in 2 stages:

  1. Expressions of interest (EOI)
  2. Full applications.

Expressions of interest will be assessed by a Technical Review Committee. Shortlisted Expressions of interest will progress to stage 2 to submit a full application.

Full applications will also be assessed by a Technical Review Committee who will provide recommendations on grants to the Environmental Trust Board. The Environmental Trust Board will make final decisions for awarding grants, taking into consideration recommendations from the Technical Review Committee.

Round 1 Expressions of interest will open on Tuesday 5 October 2021 and close at 5pm on Tuesday 23 November 2021.