Key dates for Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Research and Development Programme Round 4

  • Release of Funding Rules: TBA (expected mid-2018)
  • Proposals open: TBA (expected mid-2018)
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: TBA
  • Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Expressions of Interest (EoI) due to UQR&I: TBA
  • EoIs close with ARENA: TBA (expected June 2018)
  • Full applications due to UQR&I: TBA
  • Full applications close with ARENA: TBA (expected September 2018)

Advancing Renewables Programme

  • Release of Funding Rules: early 2017
  • Proposals open: TBA for competitive rounds, continuous for non-competitive round submissions
  • UQR&I information session: TBA
  • Applications close with ARENA: TBA


ARENA funds projects that advance renewable energy technologies at all stages of the innovation chain, up to pre-commercial development.  Research funding can be sought under two programs: Research and Development, and Advancing Renewables.

The Research and Development Program supports ground breaking projects that will increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia by making them competitive with conventional energy sources. There is one round per year, typically in the range of $500,000 - $5 million per grant, with the priorities changing each round. An Expression of Interest must be submitted to ARENA with full applications then invited for submission.

The Advancing Renewables Program supports a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects that can deliver affordable and reliable renewable energy. This fund is continuously open to applications for all activities identified in the ARENA Investment Plan, except the identified competitive rounds.

How to apply

Further information on how to apply will be made available once a competitive round is opened. 

If participating in an application through the non-competitive stream of the Advancing Renewables Program, please advise as soon as possible of the intent to submit. An advanced draft and Funding Application Coversheet should be submitted to for internal review 10 business days prior to the external submission.

All proposals must be completed online using ARENA’s Grants Management System, ARENANet. For more information, find out How to apply for funding.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents

ARENA - Research and Development Program Round 3

ARENA - Advancing Renewables Program 2017


A range of UQ documents to assist researchers in applying for this funding will be made available closer to the scheme deadline.