The NanoConnect Program supports opportunities for South Australian manufacturers to experiment with advanced nanotechnologies and facilitates engagement with key South Australian technology researchers.
The Program is delivered through Flinders University’s Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology. The NanoConnect program draws upon the technical capability of researchers at all South Australian-based universities to best match the skills with company needs.
Although nanotechnology may be applied to develop new “High-Tech” products, it may also be applied to current products using existing processes and equipment in order to improve performance and/or cost. Application areas can include Batteries, Bio-sensors, Chemical Sensors, Clean Technologies, Electronics, Fabrics, Pharmaceuticals, Plastic Components, Protective Coatings, Renewable Energy, Solar Cells, Sporting Goods, and Water Purification.
The Program offers companies access to University researchers and facilities for approved projects. Participants may proceed further to access:
- SA Government’s Innovation Voucher Program
- BioSA’s commercialisation grants, or
- other relevant Commonwealth programs
The program consists of 2 stages:
- The Stage 1 Scoping Project is free of charge.
- Stage 2 projects require a contribution of $5,000 cash and $10,000 of in-kind project support. This ensures the relevance and commercial value of the project.
Any company, commercial enterprise, or an individual who agrees to form an entity or proposed connection in South Australia is eligible to apply.
To be eligible, proposals must:
- be technically feasible
- involve nanotechnology
- be commercially feasible
- involve active participation by the company/individual through a co-contribution of cash ($5,000 ex GST) plus in-kind support