Innovative projects awarded $3.6 million

SENATOR Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has announced the details of 57 projects that will receive $3.6 million in Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grants.

SENATOR Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has announced the details of 57 projects that will receive $3.6 million in Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grants.

“Australia has an outstanding record in innovation.

“Research and development is critical to our future and it is pleasing to see so many businesses taking advantage of COMET funding to help bring their innovative projects to the marketplace,” Senator Carr said.

“Keep in Touch Australia of Eveleigh in New South Wales, for example, has developed a novel communication platform to make it easy for health carers, grandparents and their grandchildren to keep in touch with each other.

“The system uses a touch screen interface, which can be combined with mobile phones and email, allowing users to interact, share photos and send voice messages no matter where they are. This means families and health carers can always have an eye on their older loved ones and ensure they are well,” Senator Carr said.

Senator Carr said Keep in Touch Australia, with support from its COMET business adviser, will use the $64,000 grant for a strategic business plan, market research, intellectual property strategy and proven technology activities.

Other companies awarded $64,000 COMET grants include Blade Electric Technology, Meridian Safety and Quantum BioEnergy Limited.

COMET is among more than 30 business programs delivered by AusIndustry. A list of the grants announced can be found at www.ausindustry.gov.au.