Commercialisation Partnership Program

Places Queensland innovators in Chinese incubators to collaborate with global expertise, access top facilities and accelerate commercial outcomes.

What's important

  • Applications are now closed.
  • $480,000 over 3 years, or until program funding is exhausted.
  • $20,000 (excluding GST) for Queensland innovators to be placed in 1 of 6 Chinese Government, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) incubators.
  • MOST incubators include:
    • Zhongguancun Technology Science Park, Beijing
    • Shanghai Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone, Shanghai
    • Zizhu National High-Tech Industrial Park, Shanghai
    • China – Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu
    • Guangzhou New and High-Tech Industrial Development Zone, Guangzhou
    • Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park, Guangdong.
  • Placements are between 75 and 90 days duration.



To be eligible for funding, you must be either a Queensland-based:

  • business with less than 200 full-time equivalent employees, which is:
    • a company incorporated in Queensland, or will be incorporated as a company in Queensland at the time of the award
    • registered for GST or can provide evidence of exemption
    • a company incorporated in Queensland, or will be incorporated as a company in Queensland at the time of the award
    • registered for GST or can provide evidence of exemption. 


  • publically-funded research institute or university, with a commercialisation project supported by the research institute’s business development/commercialisation entity or by the university’s technology transfer office. 

Applications must be proposing a science and technology-related commercialisation project in one of the following areas of joint interest to Queensland and MOST:

  • agriculture (including food)
  • human health and medical research
  • cleaner and renewable energy technologies
  • environment (including marine and terrestrial)
  • advanced materials and nanotechnology
  • digital-enabled technologies.

How to apply

Applications are now closed, however program details can be found in:

How you will be assessed

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Progress and impact—explain the development to date of the technology or idea, how it is innovative and how it will deliver significant impact for Queensland.
  • China relevance—outline the research undertaken into the potential of the China market for the technology or idea, and the work to be undertaken during the placement period to advance the project toward technology transfer/commercialisation.
  • Intellectual property position—outline the current Intellectual Property position with respect to ownership and demonstrate adequate protection (i.e. patents, trademarks, trade secrets)
  • Capability and skills—outline the relevant technical, business commercialisation and/or technology transfer skill of the Project Manager proposed to attend the Chinese incubator.

Eligible applications received will be assessed:

  • as part of a competitive, merit-based process against the assessment criteria
  • by a panel comprising members with science, technology, industry and Chinese Market backgrounds.

About the program

China, Australia’s main international trading partner, is fast becoming a world force in technology innovation and at current rates of investment and economic growth, is expected to be the world’s leading financer of research and development by 2022.

The Queensland Government has formed a Commercialisation Partnership Program with the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology under the Advance Queensland Global Partnerships initiative.

This program will support Queensland innovators to progress the technology transfer and/or commercialisation of Queensland-developed technologies through placements in Chinese incubators. Innovators will gain market intelligence, conduct competitor analysis, seek investment and test the suitability of prototypes for the Chinese market.


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