The Federal Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, and Tasmanian Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, today welcomed the announcement of two major Tasmanian information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives under the $40 million Intelligent Island program.
“The Market Access and Partnership Program (MAPP) and the $30 million CSIRO Tasmanian ICT Innovation Centre will benefit both the Tasmanian ICT industry and the wider Tasmanian economy ,” Senator Coonan said.
With $15 million from the Intelligent Island program and an additional $15 million cash and in-kind contribution from CSIRO, the proposed centre represents a significant commitment to ensuring that Tasmania plays a major part in Australia 's public ICT innovation system. Funding is subject to the successful negotiation of a funding agreement.
Eligible Tasmanian ICT companies will be able to compete for grants from between $200,000 and $2 million. A portion of the funding is also available for projects that will benefit the Tasmanian ICT industry as a whole.
Tasmanian ICT companies interested in submitting for MAPP funding should click here to obtain a copy of the guidelines and an expression of interest form. Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 21 June 2006.