Accessing funds for IP intensive activities

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There are multiple funding options available to Australian organisations to help subsidise the cost of R&D and marketing activities, but many are underutilised. One of these options is the Australian Government’s flagship innovation program, the R&D tax incentive.  The incentive can significantly reduce the cost of undertaking R&D activities through the application of a tax offset of up to 43.5% for R&D expenses.

While there is a perception that research and development is carried out only by scientists in laboratories, the application of the R&D Tax Incentive is much broader and is available to companies of all sizes, including SMEs and start-ups.

Other funding options that are often overlooked are the export market grant and entrepreneurs tax offset. The export market grant provides a reimbursement of up to 50% on eligible export promotion expenses, helping to alleviate some of the costs of foreign marketing expenses, including costs related to foreign intellectual property protection. In turn, the entrepreneurs tax offset can provide a 20% tax rebate to investors in early stage companies.

This seminar will explore the eligibility criteria of these funding options and other incentives for companies pursuing development or marketing of their IP.

About the presenters:
Prime Accounting & Business Advisory (Prime) has provided specialist R&D tax incentive, accounting and taxation services to biotechnology, medical research and device companies for more than 18 years. POF works closely with Prime to deliver a full suite of commercialisation services. 
Simone Quin
Simone has over 20 years of experience in research companies as CFO and adviser, as well as over fifteen years experience in the R&D tax incentive program. Simone is a chartered accountant, has completed a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, the Company Directors course, studies in science and technology commercialisation and is a member of the Victorian AusIndustry R&D reference group.


Stuart Thomson
Stuart is an experienced accountant to early stage and growing companies looking to expand globally. His particular experience is in the export market development grant program where he has managed and lodged over 400 applications with Austrade. Stuart is a CPA and member of the Export Consultants Association Incorporated (ECAI).



Wednesday 20 June 2018

12:15pm for a 12:30pm start (Melbourne and Sydney)
11:45am for a 12:00pm start (Adelaide)


Melbourne office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 16, 333 Collins Street

Sydney office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 19, 133 Castlereagh Street

Adelaide office
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 5/75 Hindmarsh Square


A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.