Advancing Renewables Programme
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 applicants must:
- Be incorporated under the Corporations Act (Cth) unless they are applying for funding for desktop studies and analysis that do not include research (TRL 1-3).
- Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) at the time of applying.
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 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.
This programme is open on an ongoing basis until all funds are exhausted.
Energy and Renewables
Environment and Sustainability
Innovation and R&D
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)