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Applications open: Free CSIRO advanced manufacturing course for SMEs

“Tailored for companies venturing into early-stage R&D or seeking fresh avenues within advanced manufacturing, the program serves as a catalyst for innovation and advancement.”

by Sarah McLean

24 April 2024

CSIRO’s Innovate & Grow program offers a free 10-week virtual, self-paced learning opportunity designed specifically for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) interested in exploring new R&D opportunities within the realm of Advanced Manufacturing solutions.

This free course aims to support an additional 600 SMEs, starting with its Advanced Manufacturing cohort. Tailored for companies venturing into early-stage R&D or seeking fresh avenues within advanced manufacturing, the program serves as a catalyst for innovation and advancement.

Participants in the Innovate and Grow program, launched in 2020, will gain access to experienced facilitators and skilled researchers who will guide them through the process of formulating impactful research questions, evaluating their potential, and establishing strategic partnerships. Additionally, participants will develop crucial skills in crafting compelling R&D business cases and funding proposals, positioning themselves for success in the ever-evolving landscape of innovation.


  • Identify your innovation opportunities
  • Refine your value proposition
  • Understand the R&D viability
  • Help you build your business case
  • Provide guidance on how to prepare a strong funding application


This program is open to any SME participants working on Advanced Manufacturing solutions in the following subsectors: 

  • Digital solutions and Smart robotics
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Advanced materials and processes
  • Quantum technology
  • Mechatronics design and engineering
  • Biomedical manufacturing
  • Energy storage and battery technology


  • An Australian registered and operating business with an ABN and ACN/ICN (sole traders and partnerships are not currently eligible to apply)
  • A business classified as small to medium (less than 200 employees)
  • A business currently, or in the early stages of, exploring R&D opportunities for their business and have an idea to work on throughout the course

Applications close on 12 May 2024.
Learn more and apply for the Innovate to Grow: Advanced Manufacturing program or discover more programs for SMEs.

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