Research, Development and Demonstration grants

The Research, Development and Demonstration grants program supports research, development and demonstration projects that can increase the quantity of recycled products being sold in Victoria.

A combined total of more than $2.5 million has already been awarded to 20 projects and a second round of funding is now available.

Applications for Round 2 grants are now open

Grants of between $50,000 to $200,000 each (with 1:1 matched funding) are available to support Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) projects focused on the development of products using recovered plastics (flexible and rigid), paper, cardboard, e-waste or glass.

Projects can focus on R&D (Stream 1) or field trials to demonstrate R&D in a real-world application supporting the path to commercialisation (Stream 2). Stream 1 projects must be led by a Victorian Research Institute and can include a demonstration component if feasible.

Research findings will be shared to inform industry of opportunities to use recovered materials in manufacturing and support procurement of products using recycled content.

The RD&D program is part of the $4.5 million Market Development for Recovered Resources Program. It aligns with the Victorian Government’s response to current issues in the recycling sector outlined in the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan, which sets out the pathway to a safe, resilient and efficient recycling system in Victoria. The plan highlights the need for government to invest in RD&D to build confidence and demand for products made with recovered materials.

For more information read the FAQs about Round 2 of this grants program.

Applications close at 3pm on Friday 31 May 2019.

How to apply

Register your details to receive the RD&D guidelines and application form.

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Whilst we will endeavour to respond to all grant enquiries, emails sent within three days prior to the grant closure may not receive a confirmation email before the 31 May 2019.  

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Previously funded projects

For details of projects funded under previous funding rounds view the Projects funded by Research, Development and Demonstration grants page.

Related funding

Grant funding is also available for investing in large-scale infrastructure to process recycled materials via the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund


Achievements and progress

Key milestone Achievements Timeframes
Priority Recovered Resources grant program

In 2016, seven projects received $600,000 to conduct R&D to develop new markets for recovered glass fines and flexible plastics. Two of the seven projects received additional funding to carry out further laboratory testing and demonstration trials.

Projects completed in 2018
Targeted RD&D grants 

In 2018, three projects received $383,000 to conduct field trials to demonstrate R&D in a real-world application, supporting the path to commercialisation. 

Project must be completed by 2021
RD&D grants – Round 1

Ten projects received $1.5million to conduct R&D and field trials to develop new markets for recovered materials.

Project recipients announced December 2018.
Projects must be completed by 2021
RD&D grants – Round 2 $1.2 million available for projects to conduct research and field trials to develop new markets for recovered materials. Applications close 31 May 2019. Projects must be completed by 31 May 2021

Thinking circular

SV is looking for projects that contribute to Victoria’s transition to a circular economy. This industry-led project was delivered in 2018 and shows how recycled glass bottles can be used in road base – in this instance in Melbourne’s heavily used and critical airport link, the Tullamarine Freeway.

Watch a video about this project

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744