Applications are now open for grants of up to $11 million for the establishment of artificial intelligence and digital capability centres to help commercialise the technology and support businesses.

The Australian Government is investing a total of $44 million to establish four centres, which will be industry-run and enable small and medium businesses to access AI expertise to help them grow and create more jobs.

The Artificial Intelligence and Digital Capability Centres Grants will be available to cover up to 75 per cent of project expenditure, with applicants needing to partner with at least one other industry player and build on an existing technology, manufacturing hub or university.

Each centre will focus on a particular area in specific applications of AI that support the Government’s National Manufacturing Priorities or its growth priorities under the Digital Economy Strategy.

Minister for Science and Technology Melissa Price said the centres form part of the Government’s $124.1 million AI Action Plan, which ensures Australia is charging ahead in developing and adopting AI products and services

“The centres will act as a front door for SMEs to improve their AI skills in order to adopt AI products in their businesses,” Minister Price said.

“They will draw together industries, research institutions, innovation hubs and businesses to create an ecosystem that drives innovation, commercialisation and adoption of AI.

“By requiring the Centres to focus on a priority area we can tailor the support for businesses to drive our manufacturing capability.”

The new Centres will work alongside the National Artificial Intelligence Centre at CSIRO’s Data61 to strengthen Australia’s AI expertise and capabilities across multiple sectors.

Applications close 12 May 2022.

Find out more about the Artificial Intelligence and Digital Capability Centres Grants