Space infrastructure project grants open

In the 2019-20 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced the $19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF). This investment into infrastructure will help to grow the Australian space sector. The SIF targets 7 infrastructure projects for common-user platforms that industry cannot provide alone. Two of these projects are now open for grant applications: Mission Control Centre…

Orthocell receives $2.9 million R&D refund

Nerve technology developer Orthocell (ASX:OCC) has received a $2.9 million R&D tax incentive refund for the 2018/19 financial year. The Perth company, which is commercialising its CelGro product to facilitate the regeneration of severed peripheral nerves, will invest the funds to accelerate regulatory approvals and to advance R&D. The company also recently raised new capital…

NW Tasmania fish food factory to begin commissioning next month

The BioMar Australia aqua feed mill in Tasmania’s north-west is on schedule to open in April, according to the company, with the site to employ 55 and have an annual capacity of 110,000 tonnes. The Advocate reports that commissioning at the Wesley Vale site is expected to begin “dry commissioning” in February, running machinery and…

Canberra backs STEM education

Young Australians will have the chance to get involved in practical projects that open up the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with $2 million available from the federal government. Industry minister Karen Andrews has announced the opening of applications for Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement Grants. Maker Projects grants support STEM-related organisations…

Gleciem to demonstrate renewable powered cooling

Glaciem Cooling Technologies is to demonstrate its refrigeration, thermal energy storage and heat transfer technologies which are designed to integrate with solar PV electricity generation. The Adelaide company has received $2 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of a $4.9 million trial at three locations. The company will install…