The CSIRO is opening another round of its free, ten-week Innovate to Grow program, this time for SMEs working on the issue of plastic waste.
Applications are being accepted until August 14 for the round, with a cohort of up to 20 companies to commence the part-time course on September 7.
It aims to assist companies that are “currently, or in the early stages of, exploring R&D opportunities” to better understand and carry out R&D.
“Over 10 weeks CSIRO experts will guide businesses through how to refine their idea, to understand its research viability, and begin the process of engaging a university or research institution to deliver a collaborative R&D project,” said George Feast, Deputy Director of CSIRO’s SME Connect, in a statement on Monday.
The round is open to companies in subsectors described as Plastic processor or converter, Plastic waste collection/sorting, Plastic recycling, Packaging, Agriculture and food, Manufacturing, and Other.
“It’s important we work collaboratively with SMEs and facilitate access to R&D opportunities to help accelerate scientific advancements and cutting-edge technology to address the plastic pollution problem,’ said Dr Deborah Lau, Mission Lead for CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission.
“SMEs play a key role in driving Australia’s circular economy and new industries. This program will help facilitate innovation to drive future pathways for managing plastic waste.”
Application and other information is available at this link.