Key dates for Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Research and Development Program

  • Release of Funding Rules: It is currently not confirmed whether this scheme will continue. Check the Arena website for further details.

Advancing Renewables Program

  • Release of Funding Rules - Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round: April 2020. Check the Arena website for further details.


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 groundbreaking 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. 

Readership and researcher support

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