Commercialisation Partnership Program guidelines
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.
Queensland has signed an agreement with the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to form a Commercialisation Partnership Program (CPP) under the Advance Queensland Global Partnerships initiative.
The Queensland Government has committed up to AUD$480,000 over 3 years, or until funding is exhausted, to support Queensland-based businesses, and Queensland-based publically funded research institutes or universities, to further the technology transfer and/or commercialisation of Queensland-developed technologies.
This will be delivered through placements in Chinese incubators, to help Commercialisation Parthership Program (CPP) recipients gain market intelligence, undertake competitor analysis, validate technology transfer or commercialisation models, seek investment and test the suitability of prototypes for the Chinese market.
Placements will be offered through the following MOST supported Chinese science and technology incubators:
- 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.
Each CPP recipient will receive:
- placement in a participating Chinese incubator for a period of between 75 and 90 days
- up to $20,000 (excluding GST) towards international travel and living expenses
- assistance as required through Trade and Investment Queensland offices in Australia and China (Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou).
Participating Chinese incubators will provide each CPP recipient with:
- a work station with local phone line, internet access and other office facilities
- access to science and technology facilities
- advice concerning Chinese Government policy and the legal system
- access to industry leaders, investors and other key influencers
- promotion and marketing support in China.
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, and
- registered for GST or can provide evidence of exemption; OR
- 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.
- business with less than 200 full-time equivalent employees, which is:
- be proposing a science and technology-related commercialisation project in 1 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.
Eligible uses of funding
Funding may be used for the following eligible project costs:
- International travel—up to $2,000 (ex GST) towards expenditure on economy class airfares between Queensland and China, and related visa and travel insurance costs. (Evidence of expenditure will be required and unused travel allowance must be returned); and
- Accommodation and living allowance—$200 per day, for between 75 and 90 days while in China and attending the approved host Chinese incubator. (Evidence of expenditure is not required for this component of the funding).
CPP recipient’s project manager must travel to China and commence attending the approved host Chinese incubator by 30 June 2017.
All additional costs must be borne by the CPP recipient, including all costs associated with any:
- expenditure amount exceeding the allowances or total approved funding
- additional time, in excess of 90 days, spent at the host Chinese host incubator
- additional person(s) that might accompany the CPP recipient’s project manager to China.
Note: CPP recipients wishing to extend a stay or include additional representatives may negotiate directly with their approved host Chinese incubator concerning availability and costs.
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 skills of the project manager proposed to attend the Chinese incubator.
Submitting an application
Applications must be submitted electronically at the Queensland Government website. The online lodgement process is hosted via a secure site and application documentation will remain strictly confidential. Applications should contain nonconfidential information only.
Eligible applications received will be assessed:
- as part of a competitive, merit-based process against the assessment criteria; and
- by a panel comprising of members with science, technology, industry and Chinese Market backgrounds.
Note: the assessment process will result in shortlisted applications being provided to authorised Chinese MOST personnel and authorised Chinese Incubator personnel, who will assist in identifying the most appropriate host Chinese Incubator placement for each successful proposal.
In compiling an application, please consider the level of information required to assist the Queensland Government and MOST assess your proposal.
The assessment process will take into account the need to balance the Queensland Government’s investment priorities and support a diversity of organisations, geographic regions and technology-related projects across areas of joint interest to the Queensland Government and MOST.
The Queensland Minister for Science, Innovation and the Digital Economy will approve successful applications. The Minister’s decision will be final.
CPP applicants may provide a preference list of the incubator(s) they believe will best benefit the technology transfer and/or commercialisation of their technology and why.
Preferences will be considered when matching successful CPP applicants and host incubators. The final allocation will be determined jointly by the Queensland Government and Chinese MOST, based on assessment of the best match for potential technology transfer and/or commercialisation outcomes.
Financial incentive agreements
Successful CPP applicants will be required to enter into a legally binding financial incentive agreement with the Queensland Government within 15 working days of receiving written notification of an offer.
CPP applicants must ensure they have read and accepted the terms and conditions of the financial incentive agreement prior to submitting an application for funding, as they will not be negotiable at the time a funding offer is made.
Prior to departure, CPP recipients must organise:
attendance at CPP pre-departure briefings offered by the Queensland Government.
- return flights
- travel insurance
CPP recipients will be required to submit reports at the completion of the project, in accordance with the financial incentive agreement.
The Queensland Government collects and collates information from CPP applicants to evaluate applications for the program. Authorised departmental officers and approved CPP application assessors will have access to application information.
The assessment process will result in shortlisted applications being provided to Chinese MOST authorised personnel and Chinese Incubator authorised personnel.
CPP applicants should note broad details of successful proposals, including agreed outcomes, progress and the level of funding awarded, may be published by the Queensland Government. Some information may be used to promote funded projects in the future.
Your personal information may be used or disclosed to a third party, for the purposes of the CPP program, or as expressly provided for under the CPP program documents. It will not otherwise be disclosed to a third party, unless required by law or permitted under the Information Privacy Act 2009.
It is recommended CPP applicants take all appropriate legal, technological and security measures and safeguards to protect their intellectual property, as no assurances can be given or implied and no responsibility taken by the Queensland Government for any losses incurred in relation to third parties.
Promotion of supported projects
CPP recipients will be expected to:
- provide information and attend media and/or promotion events if requested
- acknowledge the Queensland Government CPP funding in all relevant published material, media releases and public statements.