Free CSIRO program gives R&D boost to cyber and digitech SMEs

The newest round of the Innovate to Grow program, coordinated by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, will equip small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the cyber security and digital technology sectors with critical research and development (R&D) know-how to grow their businesses.

CSIRO’s Innovate to Grow program links businesses to expert knowledge, resources, and mentors to help businesses validate, and develop their R&D ideas that could lead to commercial outcomes.
On completing the program, eligible participants can apply to work with CSIRO’s expert researchers and access dollar-matched R&D funding through the Kickstart program.
Dr Marthie Grobler, principal research scientist in human-centred cyber security at CSIRO’s Data61 strongly urged eligible businesses to consider applying to stay at the forefront of research impact in these critical sectors.
“SMEs are the lifeblood of Australia, and many have innovative business ideas and solutions that could help mitigate cyber security threats and deliver a positive impact to other Australian businesses and the economy,” said Dr Grobler.
“These businesses tend to face a myriad of challenges in bringing their ideas to life, namely investment of money, time and resources.
“This is where a program like Innovate to Grow, which is free to access, is so valuable for Australian businesses.”
The program is accepting applications now and will commence on 12 October. 
The Innovate to Grow program has seen growing interest and success with each cohort that has opened across the past two years, and CSIRO’s SME Connect Program Advisor Liz Crompton said this next iteration is no exception.
“The expansion of the cybersecurity program to include digital technology, means that more SMEs across the sector will have the opportunity to take advantage of this free program,” Ms Crompton said.
“The program is giving SMEs the opportunity to develop their ideas into a real-world R&D project, leading to potential commercial outputs, revenue and/or employment growth.”
Australian companies working on innovative ideas incorporating cyber security or digital technology should consider applying.
CSIRO’s Innovate to Grow: Cyber Security and Digital Technology program commences 12 October and is available for a limited number of SMEs.
This program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources through the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund.
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