Status

Applications open

Key facts

  • Supports the development of sensors, lasers, optical fibres and other photonic devices.
  • Provides funding for prototypes, photonic device testing and the adoption of light-based technologies by business.
  • Delivered through the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

Eligibility

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • be a solvent firm or commercial enterprise with a current or proposed connection in South Australia
  • have ownership or the beneficial use of intellectual property necessary to commercialise the project
  • be able to demonstrate that they can provide the required co-funding contribution (i.e., $15,000 cash plus in-kind)
  • have a problem that could be solved using IPAS expertise
  • explain how customers would use the outcomes.

How to apply

To register your interest complete the application form

How you will be assessed

Successful proposals will:

  • be innovative
  • be technically viable
  • be able to be completed within a 12-month timeframe with IPAS assistance
  • have a solid commercial value proposition
  • have a regulatory compliance plan (if required)
  • provide economic benefits to South Australia.
  • About the program

The Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP) provides South Australian manufacturers commercial and technical feasibility assessments of their projects and up to $45,000 worth of research and development services.

Funding supports projects such as prototype development, photonic device testing and the adoption of light-based technologies.

The PCP is delivered through the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), a global hub of industry-linked photonics research.

IPAS and the broader photonics base in South Australia is driving the development of technologies in defence, medicine, agriculture and food, mining, construction and forestry.