Science and research programs

A strong research and development (R&D) capability is critical for driving innovation in any economy.

Investment in R&D by government, industry and individuals has long-term benefits, such as higher standards of living, economic prosperity, improved social and physical infrastructure and services, and increases in knowledge and discoveries.

Supporting and attracting a high-technology industry and growing a highly skilled workforce also underpin productivity growth.

Research Attraction and Acceleration Program

Recognising the importance of R&D, in 2012–13, the NSW Government announced A$13 million in funding to support innovation and encourage investment in the state's R&D capacity under the new Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP).

The RAAP combines and refocuses two existing programs: the Science Leveraging Fund and NSW's contribution to National ICT Australia.

The new funding program will work closely with the private and university sectors to advance research programs and infrastructure projects that are important to the state's future. By encouraging targeted investment and stronger partnerships, the RAAP will boost NSW's role in key national research development and infrastructure developments and will create jobs in the state.


The TechVouchers program provides opportunities for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate with public sector research organisations. The program provides grants of up to A$15,000 for SMEs to access technical research infrastructure and expertise, such as testing and conducting feasibility studies. Find out more.

Cooperative Research Centres: Bid Support Program

All rounds are closed at the moment. Please check this page for information about future rounds.