Research, Development and Demonstration Grants

Applications closed 

Grant applications closed at 3pm, Wednesday 19 September 2018. 

Applications are currently under review. The successful grant recipients will be announced once the assessments are complete.


In May 2018, the Victorian Government announced the $4.5 million Resource Recovery Market Development Program to help develop markets for Victoria’s recyclable waste, and boost research and development into resource recovery.

View the Ministerial announcement

Part of this broader $4.5 million program is the Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Grants, that aim to increase the quantity of recycled materials being sold in Victoria. Funding between $50,000 and $200,000 each (1:1 matched funding, excluding GST) was available for projects. 

The aim of the RD&D Grants is to:

  • support research into product development and demonstrate performance of targeted materials
  • develop new or existing products that use recovered targeted materials
  • improve product standards and specifications to include recycled content
  • improve market confidence in, and demand for, recycled materials and products.

View the Ministerial announcement

More information

If you have any queries, please email and quote “RD&D Grants” in the subject line or phone 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grants support representative.

2016 Grants for research and development of recovered glass fines and flexible plastics

In 2016, SV partnered with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) to provide over $600,000 worth of R&D grants to research institutes and industry.

Grants of up to $100,000 (1:1 matched funding) were available to recipients to undertake collaborative research projects to develop new markets for recovered glass fines and flexible plastics.

Seven successful recipients have undertaken R&D projects to increase the use of recovered glass fines and/or flexible plastics in new or existing products, or provide an opportunity for innovative processing approaches.

View the Ministerial announcement

Research project results

A summary of completed research project results and opportunities.

Research findings will be published to share opportunities to incorporate recovered glass fines and/or flexible plastics into product and process design, development, specifications and commercialisation activities across broader manufacturing industries. Final research reports have all been submitted.

Funded projects

University Industry partner(s) Targeted material Project title Research project description
Swinburne University of Technology Polytrade Glass fines (GF) and flexible plastics (FP) Recycled plastics and glass fines in concrete footpaths Investigate new blends of concrete for footpaths by incorporating FP & GF without compromising engineering standards required for its use. This project aims to reduce the carbon footprint associated with footpath construction.
Swinburne University of Technology

Alex Fraser Group


Glass fines Glass fines in cement treated crushed rock pavement applications Investigate the application of GF as a
a) supplementary material with recycled crushed rock in cement treated bound pavement (road base) applications and
b) as a rigidity reduction material when used in unbound crushed concrete/crushed rock (triple) blends.
The University of Melbourne PrefabAus Glass fines Application of recycled glass in lightweight concrete Investigate and develop new prefabricated building materials utilising GF to make lightweight concrete building components that do not require high strength and /or load bearing characteristics. And investigate the use of geopolymer concrete as a replacement for Portland cement in the construction of prefabricated panels.
Monash University Integrated Recycling Pty Ltd Flexible plastics Use of plastics in railway sleepers Develop a process to test and qualify low cost alternative polymers as suitable for use in the manufacture of 'approved' railway sleepers that are produced locally, made with 100 per cent recycled material, meet standards and are competitively priced to compete with international imports.
Monash University PQ Australia Glass fines Application of glass fines to alternative energy Undertake research to understand the heat storage potential of glass fines to store heat generated from solar collectors by assessing the heat capacity of the glass fines and the rheology of passing thermal oil through them. If the research proves successful, the project will then assess the feasibility of developing a heat storage vessel for this material.
RMIT Alex Fraser Group & Mark Douglas designs Glass fines Glass fines characterisation, cleaning and repurposing Design innovative alternative processing approaches to yield high quality glass fines and identify ‘fit-for-purpose’ applications for its use in various industries. And, overcome quality assurance / contamination issues to enable its use in advanced manufacturing substrates e.g. kitchen bench-tops, wall or roof tiles, aggregate surfaces, high temperature / strength substrates for industrial application etc.
Victoria University Polytrade Regina Glass Replas Glass fines Reprocessing glass fines as an additive to recycled plastic to enhance the plastic mechanical and fire properties Investigate how incorporating GF into recycled plastic products will provide mechanical strength for use in structural applications as an adjunct to existing recycled components such as decking. And, enhance the fire-resistant properties of recycled plastic product to enable its broader application as a building material.