Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund – Stream 1: Identification grants information bulletin

Last updated: 9 April 2021

This page will be updated regularly based on questions we receive.

Information sessions

We held information sessions to present an overview of the fund and application criteria.

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Recording

Please note:

On 16 February 2021, a second virtual information session was hosted by SV. This session was a repeat of the first information session, with minor differences. You can refer to the updated information bulletin for FAQs raised at the second session.

A recording of the second information session is available on request. If you require a transcribed copy, this is also available with a lead time of 5 business days. Please email us at grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au if you wish to access the recording.

Workshop on writing applications

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Recording

About applications

Can I submit multiple applications for different projects?

Yes, eligible organisations can submit multiple applications for different projects. Please note: eligible applications will be assessed in a contested process against the merit criteria listed in the Guidelines.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be notified of outcomes on or by Wednesday 21 July 2021.

Will you accept late applications?

Late applications will not be accepted unless exceptional circumstance apply (see our Terms of Participation Grant Programs for further detail). Our online grant application portal will not accept applications lodged after the closing date and time. We recommend that you submit your application well before the closing time. Refer to the Terms of Participation in Grant Programs for further details. Note the closing date for this program is 12 March 2021.

When will funding applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed against the weighted/merit criteria. The time between receipt, assessment and decision will be subject to a variety of factors including the number and quality of applications received. Applicants will be updated about the status of their application by Wednesday 21 July at the latest.

Is an EOI process involved in the fund application or can businesses apply now?

The application does not include an EOI process. Both grant streams are now open and will close on 12 March 2021 at 3:00 pm. Please see the grant information pages for key dates.

If I apply for a Stream 1 grant to formulate a circular economy plan, should I simultaneously apply for a Stream 2 grant to implement it?

No. This situation is unlikely as to apply for a Stream 2 grant, you must have the evidence base to show this solution can be implemented. Under this scenario, you would need to develop the evidence base first (Stream 1) before you could apply for funding to implement the solution (Stream 2). There will be multiple rounds of funding to support Stream 1 applicants in applying for a Stream 2 grant in subsequent rounds.

Is there a template or an online form to fill as part of my grant application?

To apply, you will need to register an account online through SmartyGrants, our online grants portal. Once you’re logged in, click on Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund and choose the stream you’re applying for (Stream 1 or Stream 2).

Is the time between notification of outcome and project commencement fixed, or could a project commence before 11 November 2021?

If a project agreement is finalised and signed by all parties prior to November 11, it may commence earlier. Sustainability Victoria cannot provide any guarantees regarding how long this will take as each contract negotiation and development is different and there may be other applications also in development during this time. We recommend your application is as clear and complete as possible to help expedite the contract development phase.

Can applications be approved before Wednesday 21 July 2021?

We cannot advise if applicants will be notified earlier than this time, but due to the amount of applications received and internal processes to ensure due diligence, it is unlikely you will be notified before this date.

We have already identified the need for investment and completed a feasibility assessment. Can we go straight to Stream 2 with our application?

If you have already completed assessments and can provide evidence of the solution to justify its implementation, you can apply directly for Stream 2.

Could you please explain what applicants need to consider when it comes to the Local Jobs First Policy (LJF) as mentioned in the guidelines?

The Local Jobs First Policy is applicable when the Victorian Government contribution meets the monetary threshold of $1 million. The Policy is about creating opportunities for local businesses and workers with the aim to develop the local industry and grow the next generation of skilled workers in Victoria.

Is an applicant required to be registered in Victoria?

No, applicants can be registered outside of Victoria but must have a current and valid ABN. Applicants need to ensure that 50% of the project activity is completed within Victoria and that all the benefits of the project are delivered in Victoria.


About SV support

Can Sustainability Victoria review a draft of my grant application?

No, this being a competitive process, we are unable to review a draft or provide feedback on the potential merit of a project.

We encourage applicants to consider and address how the project meets the eligibility criteria, and to describe how the project addresses the merit criteria outlined in the Guidelines and Application Form.

Who can I contact for assistance or further information?

Please email grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au and quote Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund or phone 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grants representative.

How can I connect with other potential collaborators through the CEBIC on potential group projects?

This is something the team is working on. For the moment, we are happy to offer a one-to-one service if you contact us. Please feel free to book a chat with us via the website by visiting the Contact us page.

Where can I find more information about the Recycling Victoria (RV) Innovation Fund?

You can find information on all grant streams, including the RV Innovation Fund, on the Grants page.

Who owns the intellectual property created out of the project?

In Sustainability Victoria’s grant funding agreements (both the short form for grants up to $50,000 and the long form for grants over $50,000), you (the grant recipient) will retain ownership of your IP.

If you are developing that IP or creating any new IP as part of the funded project, then the new IP that you create or develop is called “Project Intellectual Property”. Under the funding agreements, SV gets a (non-exclusive) licence to use this Project Intellectual Property for any purpose consistent with its general objectives. SV’s general objectives and its statutory functions are set out in the Sustainability Victoria Act 2005. It is not a general objective of SV to commercialise IP (whether our IP or yours) or to grant third parties the right to commercialise others’ IP. SV respects the intellectual property rights of owners and would not knowingly or intentionally do anything to infringe or undermine those rights. As a government entity, SV is required to act reasonably, honestly and ethically at all times and in the public interest.

Note that this is not intended to constitute legal advice to you. Should you have any particular concerns about the IP or other clauses or your rights under the funding agreement, you should consider obtaining independent legal advice.

Will Sustainability Victoria fund lease costs of equipment?

We will fund lease costs of equipment that are directly related to the project and for the duration of the project. For example, leasing equipment to complete a trial or pilot project.

SV will not fund long-term lease contracts, as this would be considered business-as-normal. The program will only fund the leasing costs for the duration of the project. If applicants would like to continue to lease the equipment, they can cover it at their own cost.


About applicants

Can research organisations apply for a grant as a lead applicant or partner?

If a university is a business, charity, other not-for-profit or consultancy, they would meet this eligibility criteria. Government research organisations may not apply for a grant as a project partner or lead applicant but may informally participate in projects without receiving funding.

Can a consultant be the lead applicant in a partnership?

A consultant may be a lead applicant in a collaborative partnership with any approved project partner. Alternatively, a business may use the services of a consultant as a project activity (for example, to support a feasibility study or manage a project) and this could be funded. In this example, the consultant would not be a lead applicant or project partner; they would be a service provider for the applicant/s.

Do social enterprises fit in the category of ‘charities’ or ‘not-for-profit’?

Social enterprises are considered as businesses and are eligible to apply for this fund as a business.

Can a university research centre be a project partner?

Project partners can be the following organisation types: individual businesses, charities, other not-for-profit organisations, or industry groups and associations. If a university is one of these organisation types (for example, an incorporated business) they may apply as a lead applicant or project partner. If they are not one of these organisation types (for example, they are considered as a government entity), they may not apply. Only approved organisation types may apply as project partners and receive funding.

Will councils or any level of government be funded by these grants either as a lead applicant or project partner?

No. Government organisations will not be funded by Stream 1 or Stream 2 of the Business Support Fund as either a lead applicant or project partner. Government organisations may apply for the RV Innovation Fund and there may be future programs in Recycling Victoria that provide support for local governments.

Can I apply for a grant if my organisation has operated for less than two years?

For Stream 1, if you have been operating for less than two years, you can provide a company guarantee from an entity (Related Entity or Project Partner) that has been operating for more than two years. You will be able to apply for a grant of $75,000 only. This is outlined in the funding guidelines.

For Stream 2, your organisation must have been operating for a minimum of two years.

You need to have been operating for at least two years by the application closing date.

Are these grants solely targeting existing businesses that are already implementing circular initiatives? What if my business has already conducted testing to do something innovative that is not just ‘an upgrade’?

This funding is targeting eligible organisations that plan to reduce waste either within their business or more broadly. If your project has already gone through the feasibility stage and is seeking funding to scale up this solution, then a Stream 2 grant may be suitable. An example of this is: installing new equipment in a textile production facility so that clothes are made more efficiently and with less waste. If the solution is new, innovative and requires research and development, it may be more suited for the RV Innovation Fund.

If I represent an existing recycling business and I want to enhance our productivity or improve our processes, will we be eligible for these grants?

If you are operating as a recycling business and want to grow your current operations (for example, increase your commingled recycling capacity by 20%), then you would not be eligible.

If you are from a recycling facility that wants to diversify your business into a completely new recycling area that is not serviced in Victoria, this would be eligible. For example, you introduce an innovation that enables you to recycle a material not previously recycled in Victoria. Alternatively, you may choose to pivot your operations and develop a solution that prevents waste through reuse, remanufacture, redistribution or upcycling.

Can a self-employed consultant apply for funding if they assist industry partners in waste minimisation projects?

Yes, consultants may apply as a lead applicant, with businesses as their project partners. Alternatively, a business may engage a consultant and the engagement can be considered as a funded project activity, as a service.

As a sole trader, you will apply as a business. When filling in the application form, select ‘consultant’ from the field ‘Organisation type’.


About projects

What are the key differences between the type of projects for Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund and Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund?

Both of these funding programs were established through the Recycling Victoria policy to transform how our economy uses materials. Some of the key differences are:

Applicants

  • Business Support Fund: Individual applicants and collaborative partnerships
  • Innovation Fund: Collaborative partnerships

Focus on material, product or sector

  • Business Support Fund: Does not have a specific focus
  • Innovation Fund: Round 1 of Stream 1 focuses on projects that target food waste or the food sector, and requires specific outcomes. Stream 2 does not have a specific focus.

Expectation on innovation

  • Business Support Fund: Focuses on accelerating the adoption, adaptation and uptake of proven circular economy opportunities and approaches
  • Innovation Fund: Focuses on projects that develop innovative solutions

For more details, view the Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund page.

Is biomass in scope as a waste material for this funding?

Any product or material currently wasted may be in scope for this funding. Applicants must demonstrate how this waste is currently treated (for example, sent to landfill or composted) and how the proposed solution will reduce this waste (for example, transforming this waste into a new product to prevent waste).

Are waste-to-energy projects able to apply for this funding?

Waste-to-energy projects are not eligible for the Business Support Fund. For other funding opportunities, please see Sustainability Victoria’s Grants section.

Why are waste-to-energy projects not eligible for these grants?

This program focuses primarily on reducing waste, not recovering resources from waste generated. This is aligned with the top of Environment Protection Authority (EPA) waste hierarchy (where prevention is the top priority) and the core principles of a circular economy – to prevent waste and pollution. We acknowledge for waste that cannot be prevented, waste-to-energy has a role to play in a circular economy; there are other programs within the Recycling Victoria policy that focus on waste-to-energy. For more information, please see the Victorian Government’s Transforming recycling in Victoria page.

Can projects focused on developing education about or guidelines for circular economy approaches apply for grants?

Projects must demonstrate how they will meet the funding objectives. Please read the guidelines and application form for each grant to better understand their requirements and eligibility criteria.

Can a project include a mix of fund objectives?

Yes. Projects can deliver on a range of fund objectives. An application cannot however include multiple projects in one application form, but a single project can include multiple elements (for example, installing equipment to make a new circular economy-based product, and marketing that product).

Can I apply for a project where benefits will be shared across multiple states of Australia?

At least 50% of the project must be focused within Victoria and the minimum benefits of the project must be achieved in Victoria. For example, a business implements a new refrigeration system to reduce waste during transport of food from Queensland to Victoria. This new change would also benefit other states. For Stream 2 funding, this project must reduce waste in Victoria by at least 750 tonnes per annum to meet the minimum benefits. If the project also reduces waste in New South Wales, this is OK and would be a good example of a circular economy supply chain solution. For this project, at least 50% of the activity should be focused on the transport into Victoria.

Could a project focused on software solutions for redistributing food apply for this Fund?

Yes, if the project meets all eligibility criteria. This Fund is looking to support waste reduction initiatives, including redistributing food to prevent waste.

Is production of oil from plastics waste considered waste-to-energy?

This is considered bioenergy production and is not in scope for the Business Support Fund.

Will this Fund support anaerobic digestion projects?

No. This is considered waste-to-energy and is out of scope for this Fund.

Will this Fund encourage industry to take up existing innovations and approaches to reuse waste streams or will only new innovations be supported?

The Business Support Fund will support the uptake and growth of already established circular economy solutions and approaches. This program will fund tried-and-tested approaches proven to reduce waste and to increase reuse, re-manufacture and upcycling. It will also support the development of new recycling systems in Victoria based on proven models, to create more recycling pathways for products and materials currently wasted.

Are once-off projects that reduce waste to landfill, for example by 100,000 tonnes, eligible for funding?

Stream 2 projects must deliver ongoing benefits to waste reduction. The grants will fund projects that contribute to Victoria’s target of reducing waste per capita by 15% and are seeking long-term solutions that eliminate waste by design, rather than focusing on short-term fixes. If your once-off waste reduction project can demonstrate how it will help prevent waste on an ongoing basis – for example by developing a new process that could be replicated by other businesses with similar waste stream – this could be in scope, but you must clearly articulate how the project will achieve these long-term goals.

Will this fund support existing waste recycling solutions (such as composting) in Victoria?

No. This Fund is primarily supporting waste prevention through waste reduction, reuse, remanufacture and upcycling. New approaches to recycling will be supported; for example, new systems or technologies that increase the range of products that could be recycled in Victoria. These new approaches must be based on evidence-based solutions in operation outside of Victoria.

Is end-of-life tyre recycling applicable for this grant?

If a project helps Victoria to recycle something that is not currently recyclable, this would be in scope, permitting the idea is based on an approach that is currently working outside of Victoria. If a product or material is already recycled in Victoria, this would not be in scope.

Are the funding schemes applicable to unregulated waste streams?

Yes. Any product or material waste is in scope for these grants. This does not need to be a regulated waste stream. In fact, we’re looking to prevent waste happening in the first place, which will help reduce the burden of waste on our existing waste and recycling system.

What products or materials are considered to be "not currently wasted"?

The aim of these grants is to ultimately eliminate waste in Victoria. This can occur by reducing waste in the first place or by facilitating the reuse, redistribution, remanufacture or upcycling of products or materials that are currently wasted (that is, sent to a waste processing destination such as landfill, the sewer or even a recycling facility). In a circular economy, we want products and materials to have long and high-value life cycles, not end up in landfill or recycled as a default option when that waste could be stopped or slowed.

If a project is implemented in Victoria but the waste reduction happens interstate or overseas, will this be funded?

No. The project must deliver minimum benefits to Victoria, for example by reducing waste in Victoria by 750 tonnes per annum. It the project delivers minimum benefits in Victoria and additional benefits outside Victoria, this would be eligible.

Is plastic recycling eligible for funding?

This is not likely. Plastic recycling or any other existing recycling solutions will not be funded. However, if there is a type of plastic that is not currently recycled in Victoria, and your solution will facilitate it being recycled in Victoria, this project could be eligible for funding.

For Stream 1, can I apply to do a business case study plus a proof of concept (for example, trial or demonstration) as the means to validate that business case?

Yes. You can apply for multiple project activities within one project. For example, a materials efficiency assessment; a feasibility study; a pilot project or trial.

Is the recovery of phosphorus and potassium from bioenergy within scope?

If these products are currently wasted and not recovered, then these would be considered a waste product. If your project seeks to reduce a waste product, this is in scope for both streams.

Will projects using recycled materials in the development of new products be in scope for this Fund?

No. Projects funded must ultimately reduce waste, increase materials efficiency (do more with less), or develop new recycling systems. Although using recycled materials is important in a circular economy, activities to minimise reliance on virgin materials do not support the objectives of the Fund. Under Recycling Victoria: a new economy, the Markets Acceleration Program does focus on end-markets for recycled materials and may have future support for these projects.

Do repurposed goods that are destined for waste need to be received and used in Victoria, or could they have been received from other states?

The minimum benefits of the project must be delivered in Victoria. For example, your project must reduce waste by 750 tonnes per annum in Victoria. If your project additionally reduces waste elsewhere, this would be acceptable if the minimum benefits have been achieved locally in Victoria.

If you prevent waste in Victoria by rescuing a product and redistributing for sale or donation to another state (if it is not managed as waste there), this may be in scope too; you may not simply redistribute waste across borders. For example, you rescue food from waste in Victoria and ship it to a buyer in Sydney where the food is consumed. In this example, the waste is prevented in Victoria and this meets the eligibility criteria.

Would projects that require less than the minimum grant amount be eligible for funding (even if the project may meet the objectives and outcomes)?

No, unfortunately all projects must apply for at least the minimum grant value. This is due to the administration required to manage a grant program as we are a small team and cannot process many smaller contracts. This may be reviewed in subsequent funding rounds.

You may be able to apply with project partners in a collaborative partnership to boost the size of your project and deliver even greater benefits than going solo. For example: implementing a waste reduction solution across multiple businesses or sites; engaging a materials efficiency assessment across multiple businesses in a supply chain.

Is the Fund technology-agnostic?

The Fund is agnostic about different solutions and technologies that prevent waste. All applications will be assessed based on merit criteria. We have largely excluded waste management systems, including recycling, as this has been a focus of investment in Victoria for many years. CEBIC aims to prevent waste so that waste does not need to be recycled; CEBIC also aims to extend the duration and value of a product or material so it has a longer useful life before it is recycled. For materials not currently recyclable in Victoria, the Fund will support innovations in the recycling market that allow new, additional products and materials to be recycled.

If we use recycled materials instead of virgin materials in our products, can we apply for these grants?

No, as this would not prevent waste. An example of a similar project that could be supported is: replacing plastic milk bottles with glass bottles that are delivered full, collected when empty, and reused. In this model, the new delivery-and-collection service is an example of a ‘reuse’ model where the packaging (the bottle) is reused repeatedly without needing to be recycled.

Do the targets need to be met within the first year of the project? OR is it sufficient if those targets are met once the project is complete?

Targets are related to project outcomes (benefits delivered by the proposed project). Project outcomes are likely to happen once the funded activity is completed (e.g. a processing facility is built). During the project, all these targets must be completed (e.g. the activities you seek funding for, with evidence of their completion).

Projects that have annual targets will need to be met yearly. We are seeking an ongoing system change. The outcomes (benefits) happen after you implement the project.

Your funding agreement will include certain milestones, and if a particular milestone depends on a specified amount of waste reduction, then these will need to be met. Each project will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


About project partners and collaboration

Can you provide some examples of a collaborative partnership?

Some examples are:

  • a peak industry group forms a partnership or alliance with a business or multiple businesses. The peak industry group might be the lead applicant while the businesses are project partners.
  • a large food manufacturing company (the lead applicant and a business) forms a partnership or alliance with their main supply chain businesses. The large food manufacturing company might be the lead applicant, while the supply chain businesses are project partners.

A lead applicant can be an individual business, charity, other not-for-profit, industry group or association or a consultancy.

The lead applicant will need to provide evidence of the partnership or alliance and must have entered into a collaborative partnership agreement before signing the funding agreement with Sustainability Victoria.

Can I be a project partner in more than one project or funding application?

Yes, you can be a project partner in more than one funding application. You may not however receive funding for the same activities across multiple applications.

Please note: each application requires the resources and capabilities the lead applicant and each project partner will contribute to the project.

Can collaborative partnerships include organisations from other states if the lead applicant and project are based in Victoria?

Applicants may be based in Victoria or in another state. We understand many organisations have national operations and that supply chains are both national and international. We cannot fund international organisations as we cannot complete due diligence on their business operations, but national organisations may apply for grants if at least 50% of the project activity and minimum project benefits are delivered in Victoria (where applicable).

The lead applicant and all project partners must have a current Australian Business Number (ABN).

Are contractors considered to be Project Partners?

As a lead applicant, you may be applying with a contractor to carry out a project, in which case this would be defined as a project partner. Alternatively, contractors can be part of the activities that you apply for; they do not need to be project partners. For example, a contractor may be a university that provides business development services, which is an activity you seek funding to develop a business case (Stream 1). In this example, this would be a project activity which you would demonstrate in your application, and not a project partner. It is advisable to research prices and/or seek quotes for work to support your application.


About funding and co-contribution

Can my co-contribution be made up of staff time and resourcing contributed to the project?

Yes, this is considered “in-kind contribution”. For Stream 1, this can be up to 50% of your co-contribution. For Stream 2, it can be up to 10%.

Can a single funding application include funding for multiple projects?

No, a funding application can only include funding for one project. However, the project can include multiple elements.

Can I apply for funding for the same project in more than one of Sustainability Victoria’s funding programs?

Applicants cannot be awarded funding for the same project in more than one of Sustainability Victoria’s funding programs. Each funding program has different objectives, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria and any application should be specific to the funding program applied for.

If an applicant fits the criteria and meets the objectives for more than one funding program then they can apply, but Sustainability Victoria would not award funding from two programs for the same project.

What other funding opportunities will be released by Sustainability Victoria soon?

There are multiple funding opportunities as part of the Recycling Victoria policy.

To be kept up to date on future funding rounds, or to find out more about eligibility, please visit Sustainability Victoria’s grants and funding webpage and register for grant updates.

Who can provide the project’s co-contribution?

The co-contribution can be provided by the lead applicant and/or project partners.

Will you consider funding projects requesting less than the minimum funding specified?

No. In this round of funds distribution, funding requests must be at the minimum amount specified.

The Fund will be open for up to three rounds or until the funding is fully subscribed or closed at the discretion of SV. The program’s merit criteria, eligibility, scope and budget allocation may vary from round to round.

Will SV fund the cost of a lease to land or premises for the purposes of my project?

No. See the sections 'What will be funded' and 'What will not be funded' in the 'Guidelines' tab above.

Will SV fund my staffing costs for those staff working on the project?

For this Fund, staff costs directly related to the project can be included in the total project costs.

  • Costs that are shown to be for new or additional staff, or for existing staff who are dedicated or specific to the project, could be eligible for SV funding.
  • Costs related to existing staff who are not dedicated or specific to the project may be included as part of the in-kind co-contribution.

How do I calculate the value of my staff time for the purposes of quantifying my co-contribution?

See the 'Guidelines' tab above for a definition of Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTE) or the example budget table for further explanation.

Can we apply for funding for a project partly funded through another organisation?

No, if projects have received funding or support for the same activities from other sources – including projects that have been awarded funding by other Recycling Victoria programs administered by SV ­– then they are not eligible for funding. If a project is seeking funding for new activities not funded by other sources, these may be eligible.

Can funding be used to engage a consultancy to identify opportunities for our business?

Yes, consultancy fees are allowed as project activities. Additionally, a consultancy may apply as a lead applicant to support one or more businesses in identifying or implementing opportunities.

Is the funding mainly targeting the food industry or does it cover other industries?

No. The funding is not targeted at a single or specific industry, product or material. Food waste is in scope as are any other types of product or material waste, for example electronics, furniture and textiles.

Will operational or staff cost be recognised as in-kind contribution?

Staff costs directly associated with the project can be included as part of your in-kind co-contribution.

Does co-contribution of 2:1 mean we need to pay twice the amount of grant we receive, or the other way around?

For Stream 1, the funding ratio is 2:1. This means SV will provide $2 for every $1 provided by the applicant.

For Stream 2, the funding ratio is 1:1, which means the applicant must match funding dollar for dollar to either meet or exceed the grant amount.

Are these funding schemes applying a measurement and verification protocol that is internationally recognised?

No. If your project does align with an international measurement and verification protocol, this may form part of your application and be submitted as evidence to support the impact of your proposed project. Please see ’Definitions’ in the Guidelines for details on specific terms used in the Fund.

The grant allocations seem large (up to $1 million) in relation to the total fund amounts for the RV Business Support and Innovation Funds. Are you discouraging people from applying for the higher grant amounts?

This Fund is looking to support projects that will deliver significant benefits in Victoria. We understand these types of projects may be expensive and this is reflected in the value of the individual grants offered. As this is a competitive grant process, we will assess all applications for their merit and their value for money. We understand that sometimes a smaller project may have big impact.

For Stream 2 projects, grants over $500,000 must be for collaborative projects only and these projects could deliver benefits across multiple sites or businesses. We are seeking a spread of projects and locations (for example, metropolitan and regional locations) and this is outlined in our diversity criteria.

Can Sustainability Victoria fund projects that have started before a funding agreement is signed?

We cannot fund activities that have already been completed. If you have already started research and development and compiling evidence towards conducting the project then it would need to be clear how and why this work would be different to apply to this fund again. If you have completed your research and development, and you want to continue with further research, then this could be eligible for funding as a next step in your project, if it has not already started, has not been funded by another grant, and is otherwise eligible for funding.