University of Adelaide: Photonics Catalyst Program

The Photonics Catalyst Program (PCP) is being delivered through the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), in partnership with the Government of South Australia.

Adelaide has an extensive base of photonics expertise – in our university sector and in key industries – much of which grew from fundamental research at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). South Australia’s photonics research and innovation is driving the development of a range of new technologies across defence, medicine, agriculture, mining, food, construction and forestry.

The PCP facilitates the development of advanced photonic devices by providing funding mechanisms for engagement, the development of prototypes, testing of photonic devices and the adoption of new light based technologies.

Funding & Duration

Participants in the PCP will receive a commercial and technical feasibility assessment of their project and up to $45,000 worth of research and development services to assist with the development of their new photonics product or prototype.


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 PCP co-funding contribution (i.e. $15,000 cash plus in-kind)
  • have a problem that can be potentially solved using the photonics research and development expertise at the IPAS
  • have an understanding of how, when, why and where the customer would use the proposed product.

How to Engage with the Program

If you are interested in finding out more about how researchers at the Photonics Catalyst Program can assist you, please complete theĀ contact form.

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