Clean Technology Innovation Program (CTInP) summary of features

30 Aug 2012Archived News Climate Change Matters

On 6 July 2012, the Minister for Industry and Innovation, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP, launched the Clean Technology Innovation program.  Energetics has developed a summary of program features.  AusIndustry is also offering information workshops in major regional centres.




Program objective

Increase applied research and development, proof of concept and early stage commercialisation activities that lead to the development of new clean technologies and associated services including low emission and energy efficient solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Program duration

5 years: July 2012 – 30 June 2017

Total grant available

$200 million

Grant size

Between $50,000 - $5 million

Grants attract the GST and are considered assessable income

Does not include expenses incurred before project start date

Grant ratio

1:1 (applicant must provide $1 for every $1 government funding)

Application review

Applications can be lodged anytime.

Innovation Australia will meet every 6-8 weeks to assess and rank applications.

Project duration

Maximum 2.5 years

Merit criteria

Four equally weighted criteria:

  1. Extent of the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions or energy consumption associated with the project
    1. Expected GHG savings/unit output
    2. Evidence of GHG reduction calculations
    3. Time to deliver predicted outputs
  2. Commercial potential of the project:
    1. Market demand
    2. Commercialisation strategy
  3. Technical strength of the project (including the technical capability and resources available to the applicant)
    1. Appropriate level of innovation
    2. Technical risk mitigated
    3. Technical capacity
    4. Well articulated project plan
  4. Management capability of the applicant
    1. Management experience
    2. Alignment with business/commercialisation strategy
    3. Company financial viability and performance



 Application process



  1. Determine your eligibility

An eligible applicant must be:

  • a non tax-exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001; or
  • a wholly or majority owned Commonwealth or State Government body that either:
    • derives its income primarily from commercial sources;
    • does not receive significant recurrent government
      funding; or
    • returns any part of a trading surplus to a government in
      the form of an annual dividend or similar payment.
  • An incorporated non tax-exempt trustee applying on behalf of a trust.

Ineligible activities:

  • Those already funded under CTIP (general/food and foundries)
  • Activities with funding from other government grant sources.

Applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • Will match the grant provided on a dollar for dollar basis throughout the life of the project (grants >$0.5m require additional information such as financial statements)
  • Have access to, and/or the beneficial use of, any intellectual property (IP) necessary to carry out and/or commercialise the proposed project
    • Evidence of IP arrangements
    • Applicant will own any IP developed
    • Comply with their obligations under the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999.

Collaboration is encouraged

  1. Registration of interest form

Online application

  1. Discuss your project with AusIndustry

AusIndustry will contact client within 3 days of receiving the Registration of Interest form.

  1. Application form
  • If registration of interest is successful, applicants will be invited to complete a full application form.
  • One round of feedback is provided by AusIndustry before the final application is submitted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed


Clean technology examples

Types of technologies


Technologies to generate energy from renewable and low emissions sources

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Wave
  • Tidal
  • Hydro
  • Geothermal
  • Low emission coal
  • Biofuels
  • Cogeneration

Methods, equipment, technology and associated services to reduce energy demand or increase energy efficiency

  • More energy efficient industrial equipment
  • Energy efficient water treatment technologies
  • Waste management technologies that reduce energy demand

A component that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions via the product in which it is used

  • New gearing in a wind turbine
    to improve the efficiency of
    energy generation


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