Department of State Development

For Researchers, Entrepreneurs and Businesses

The Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund (RCSF) supports researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to accelerate their progress with funding from the South Australian Government.

Funding streams

The RCSF comprises three competitive funding streams:  

Stream 1: Strategic Research Initiatives* 

Supports research initiatives that will create innovative solutions or translate research into industry or commercial outcomes that address economy-wide challenges for South Australia.

A Call for Proposals is now open for the Financial Services Development Program – please read the details of the Call for Proposals prior to applying below.

Stream 2: Startup and Early Stage Company Incentive  

Provides entrepreneurs with funding to start and scale their innovative early-stage business.

Stream 3: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem Initiatives* 

Supports programs, events and activities that have broad benefit to the startup community.

* Stream 1 and 3 - Calls for proposals to address specific initiatives will be announced with details of timing and funding to be specified from time to time.

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.

Next steps

Read the guidelines to determine your eligibility.

Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund - Guidelines
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Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund - FAQs
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Information session

Monday 1 April 2019, 2.00-3.00pm
Tonsley Lecture Theatre 1, Flinders University
1284 South Road, Tonsley, SA 5042

Recorded information session

View a video recording of the Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund information session.

View the information session slides.


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