Grow Your Business

Creating connections for growth

NERA works in collaboration with aligned industry associations, government bodies and research organisations to facilitate and support business development and growth.

The links in this section will help direct you to additional resources and opportunities in the energy resources sector.

Australian Research Council Linkage Projects

The Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.


Australian Technologies Competition

NERA is a major sponsor of the Australia Technologies Competition, which seeks to identify and accelerate Australian technology 'scaleups' with the greatest global potential. The competition has a strong focus on equipping founders with the skills and contacts to develop and manage high growth companies in challenging international markets.


Cooperative Research Centres

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program was established in 1990 to improve the effectiveness of Australia’s research effort through bringing together researchers in the public and private sectors with the end users. The CRC Program links researchers with industry and government with a focus towards research application. The close interaction between researchers and the end users is the defining characteristic of the Program.


Entrepreneurs Programme

The Entrepreneurs' Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity.

The programme offers support to businesses through four elements:

  • Accelerating Commercialisation — helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
  • Business Management — provides access to a national network of experienced business advisers and facilitators to assist you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth and collaboration opportunities in order to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries.
  • Incubator Support — assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets, through helping them to develop their business capabilities.
  • Innovation Connections — experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.

IP Australia

IP Australia administer IP rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights. They contribute to the innovation system more broadly by using our skills and experience to advise government and Australian businesses to make the most of their IP.