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Advancing Renewables Programme
Program ID: 15337
This programme seeks to support a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects that have the potential to lower the cost and increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia in the long term.

The programme’s objective is to fund activities that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:
- Reduction in the cost of renewable energy.
- Increase in the value delivered by renewable energy.
- Improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy.
- Reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake.
- Increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.

The application process involves two stages:
- An initial expression of interest
- A full application

Grants between $100,000 and $50 million are available. Applicants are expected to provide matched contribution.

The total funding allocated by ARENA to this programme is up to the total amount of uncommitted funds available under section 64 of the ARENA Act from 2015 to 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program administrator prior to submission of proposals.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicant must:
- At the time of applying, hold an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Unless applying for funding for Desktop Studies and Analysis:
a) Be (or warrant that at the time of entering into a funding agreement) an Australian entity incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
b) Be a Commonwealth entity prescribed as a government business enterprise by section 5(1) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.
c) Be an Australian State or Territory owned corporation or a subsidiary of an Australian State or Territory owned corporation.
d) Be an Australian local government or council.

Unincorporated entities such as universities and not-for-profits can also partner with an incorporated entity to help deliver a pilot, demonstration or pre-commercial deployment activity, where this activity is led by the incorporated entity.
Eligible Activities
Eligible activities must:
- Involve a renewable energy technology or methods including desktop studies and analysis that have the potential to contribute to the programme outcomes.
- Not include research (Technology Readiness Level 1-3), or education and training of students. For the purpose of clarification, activities can include research components to the extent these are part of a larger activity focused on the development, demonstration, deployment or commercialisation of a renewable energy technology.
- Take place in Australia.

The renewable energy technologies may include hybrid technologies and technologies that are related to renewable energy technologies (including enabling technologies).

Please review the Guidelines for the complete information on eligible activities.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include:
- Contribution to the programme outcomes
- Applicant capability and capacity
- Activity design, methodology, risk and compliance
- Financial viability and co-funding commitment
- Knowledge sharing

Please review the Guidelines for the complete information of these criteria.
Applies to
GuidelinesOctober 2016
ARENA's Investment PlanOctober 2016
Funding Agreement Template – Standard ProjectsOctober 2016
Funding Agreement Template – Desktop Studies and Analysis October 2016
Budget and Funding Sources FormOctober 2016
Funding Agreement Compliance Table Template October 2016
Declaration of Compliance for Construction Activity TemplateOctober 2016
Intellectual Property Management Plan TemplateOctober 2016
Knowledge Sharing Plan Template - Standard ProjectsOctober 2016
Knowledge Sharing Plan template – Desktop Studies and Analysis TemplateOctober 2016
Risk Management Plan TemplateOctober 2016
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Open
Closing Information
This programme is open on an ongoing basis until all funds are exhausted.
Funding Type Grant
Minimum Funding $100,000
Maximum Funding $50.0M
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location National
Energy and Renewables
Environment and Sustainability
Innovation and R&D
Difficulty Rating
Program Administrator
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Telephone 02 6243 7054
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