Tranche Two summaries

Twenty‑four successful research projects were awarded funding in Tranche Two of Australia’s Economic Accelerator (AEA) Seed Grants.

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Funding was awarded in the following National Reconstruction Fund priority areas:

  • 9 value-add in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors
  • 11 value-add in resources
  • 2 renewables and low emission technology
  • 2 medical science.

Value-add in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors

Funding awarded for value-add in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors


Project Title

Lead Entrepreneur

Grant Funding

Queensland University of Technology

Sustainably Sourced Hard Carbon from agricultural waste for use in sodium ion batteries

Prof Deepak Dubal


Queensland University of Technology

Cost effective advanced manufacturing of high-demand cannabinoids

Dr Carlos Luna-Flores


The Australian National University

Development of non-invasive imaging tools to identify recombinant protein expression in plant-based molecular farming

Dr Richard Poire


The University of Adelaide

Revolutionising Agriculture: Innovative Encapsulation Technologies for a Sovereign Supply Chain

Dr Yue Hui


The University of Queensland

A Spinifex-based Nanomaterials Platform for Climate-ready Crops and Mine-Site Restoration

Dr Jitka Kochanek


The University of Queensland

Single-shot anti-fertility vaccine in pigs

Dr Rachel Stephenson


The University of Queensland

Proof of concept cattle tick vaccine trial for commercial adoption

Dr Hannah Siddle


The University of Queensland

Toward a rapid antibody test (RAT) for phosphine resistant insect pests of stored grain

A/Prof Paul Ebert


University of South Australia

Olives the Australian Way - A new style of table olive using a novel debittering process

Prof John Fielke


Value-add in resources

Funding awarded for value-add in resources


Project Title

Lead Entrepreneur

Grant Funding

Monash University

Enabling the Lithium economy by creating value-added product(s) for energy storage market

Dr Md Joynul Abedin


Queensland University of Technology

Value Adding Natural Zeolite Resources: Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion for Biogas Production and Nutrient Management

Prof Graeme Millar


Swinburne University of Technology

Mining with muons: muon tomography methods for site exploration and safety management

Dr Federico Scutti


The University of Adelaide

Rapid development of new medical treatment compounds from radioactive mine waste

Ms Danielle Questiaux


The University of New South Wales

High-yield, low-cost manufacturing of quantum magnetic field sensors

Dr Maja Cassidy


The University of Queensland

Developing scaling-up process to produce haloalkaliphilic bacteria inoculum for industry-deployment to treat alkaline wastes from refining alumina

Dr Fang You


The University of Queensland

Converting raw mineral materials to highly efficient lighting and display devices

Dr Jingwei Hou


The University of Queensland

Improving flotation beneficiation of minerals

Dr Hangil Park


The University of Queensland

Ore-sand: a circular economy solution to reduce mineral wastes and produce alternative construction materials

Dr Juliana Segura Salazar


University of South Australia

Transforming Australian regions for sustainable development: a novel approach to efficient metal recovery for cleaning contaminated sites

A/Prof Larissa Statsenko


University of Southern Queensland

Manufacture and agronomic assessment of polymer-free lignite derived slow-release fertiliser (SRF)

A/Prof Lei Ge


Renewables and low emissions technologies

Funding awarded for renewables and low emissions technologies projects


Project Title

Lead Entrepreneur

Grant Funding

The University of Adelaide

Sustainable metal extraction and recovery from metal-containing waste for renewable energy transition and circular economy

A/Prof Chi Wai Kwong


The University of Sydney

Sensing the unseen: Advanced hydrogen gas sensor

Prof Xiaoke Yi


Medical science

Funding awarded for medical science projects


Project Title

Lead Entrepreneur

Grant Funding

Deakin University

World’s first chemical antibody-based intraoperative diagnostic platform for surgical pathology

Prof Wei Duan


The University of Melbourne

Towards Non-invasive Pathology using Thermal Imaging Spectroscopy for Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Miss Noor E Karishma Shaik


Further information on the research projects will be published shortly.