Deadline Looms For TSA Research Project Funding

Liam O'Keefe, Tyre Stewardship Australia
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is encouraging businesses and academic institutions to get their applications in for the its first round of research grants.

TSA is making $1 million available through the Tyre Stewardship Research Fund for tyre-derived product research and development projects.

Applicants can submit applications for grants of between $50,000 and $200,000. Submissions for this initial round of funding must be received by 5.00pm on Wednesday 16 December.

The Australian tyre recycling industry produces a number of tyre-derived products (TDP), such as crumb rubber and rubber granules that can be used in applications from road construction and playground surfacing to adhesives and binders. However, the market for these products is not large enough to absorb the 52 million equivalent passenger units of waste tyres generated each year in Australia.

TSA set up the fund to stimulate initiatives that will support new developments in the application of TDP and lead to an expansion of new products, applications and markets for local recyclers and manufacturers.

TSA Market Development Manager Liam O’Keefe told Waste Management Review that the organisation is keen to see and understand what innovations and ideas exist within the resource recovery sector and research bodies.

“This fund is the first of its kind in Australia in terms of grants for research into markets and applications of tyre-derived products,” said Mr O’Keefe. “Although there may be other opportunities in the future, they might not run like this. So we would encourage interested parties to come forward early and have the conversation with us about their ideas, and how we could support them.”

The fund is being delivered in two streams. The Project Stream includes $1 million to support projects aimed at increasing Australian consumption of tyre-derived products that are currently on the market, such as crumb rubber, rubber granule and shredded tyre products. The Scholarship Stream will see $150,000 allocated for future-focused PhD research into new applications and technologies that may benefit the tyre-recycling industry and/or its end products.

Funding guidelines and expression of interest documents can be found on the TSA website.

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