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Key facts

  • Competitive program encouraging manufacturers with little experience in using big data to explore how it can increase productivity and profits.
  • Apply for a project or an investigation that can be completed in four to eight weeks.
  • Delivered by the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC).


Two types of projects are eligible under the Big Data Connect Program.

  • Big Data Investigation (up to four weeks) – the D2D CRC will explore how the applicant can use big data to create value by using existing data. A BDI project is expected to take up to four weeks.
  • Big Data Development (up to eight weeks) – the D2D CRC will provide a tailored software solution using existing available data and/or open source data to solve a business problem.

Businesses can apply for either project type or initially carry out a Big Data Investigation project and then apply for a Big Data Development project (subject to available funding). The program is offered on a competitive basis and is aimed at businesses that have little or no experience with big data, as well as those who already undertake some data analysis.

To be eligible for assistance, applicants must:

  • be a solvent, financially viable business or commercial enterprise based in South Australia
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have been in operation for longer than a year
  • be able to fund the required co-contribution and payments
  • agree to provide information and data, including financial information as required
  • be prepared to commit to senior executive or board-level engagement.

How to apply

How you will be assessed

A proposal will be assessed according to:

  • the potential for adoption of big data analytics within the business
  • alignment to the applicant’s core business
  • the viability and feasibility of the project and whether it will be completed within expected timeframes
  • a clear explanation of resources required and available for the project
  • how the project outcomes will be used to improve the business
  • how the project will contribute to South Australia’s economic development.

About the program

Big data is the process of collecting, organising and analysing large amounts of data to discover patterns and other useful information to make better decisions.

The Big Data Connect Program (BDCP) helps businesses understand and apply big data to create opportunities and capture more value.

It’s part of the South Australian Government’s Manufacturing Technologies Program, which helps South Australian manufacturers explore and adopt new technologies to increase their competitiveness and access new markets.