The Tyre Stewardship Research Fund
The Tyre Stewardship Research Fund (‘the fund’) provides funds through a competitive process to support the development of markets for Australian tyre derived products.
Put simply, the primary objective of the fund is to invest in projects that lead to higher sales of tyre derived product being made by Australian tyre recyclers and manufacturers.
The TSA Guidelines support this by noting the broad objectives of TSA funding to be:
- advance innovative technologies in Australia by supporting focused, collaborative research in high priority technologies;
- retain local expertise in, and attract international expertise to, Australia in technologies related to end-of-life tyres;
- support the growth of skills and capacity in Australia in technologies related to end of life tyres for the domestic and international markets; and
- share the results of that research with the wider industry as appropriate whilst respecting intellectual property rights.
To get a better idea of the type of projects TSA is seeking to support through the Fund, please see the previously supported projects here.
Reason for TSA funding
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, and even as an additive into explosives. However, at this point the market for these products is not large enough to absorb the approximate 52 million equivalent passenger units (EPU) of waste tyres generated annually in Australia.
TSA has therefore established the Fund as a means of increasing demand for locally processed tyres to develop new markets for local recyclers and manufacturers.
In order to support TSA fund objectives, funding is being delivered in two streams; the Project Stream and Scholarship Stream. A brief description of each including links to relevant guidelines and application forms are provided below.
The following statement provides guidance on the types of projects that TSA will look upon favorably in the assessment of Project Stream applications for the Fund:
- The priority outcome to be achieved from the Project Stream of the Fund is a direct increase in the local consumption of Australian tyre-derived product through new and expanded markets.
- Applications will be assessed most favorably if they are BOTH innovative in nature and have the potential to consume high volumes of Australian tyre derived product.
- Projects will also be strongly considered if they can demonstrate EITHER innovative new approaches to consuming TDP or are likely to consume large volumes of TDP.
- Projects where collaborative partnerships between industry, research bodies and “end users” can be demonstrated will be prioritized by TSA.
- All projects must be rated highly in relation to the assessment criteria (see guidelines), with a particular emphasis on:
- a clear business case that articulates the potential increase in consumption of TDP the project will achieve
- a clear statement of how the project will capitalize on the characteristics of TDP to create new and improved products or processes
- Examples of priority markets and applications TSA will support in the Project Stream include (but is not limited to) road, rail, polymer based products, building/infrastructure initiatives and explosives.
Please note, TSA will consider other models, partnerships, project areas and proposals, as long as they can demonstrably contribute to reaching TSAs desired outcomes and objectives (see the Guidelines for more information). Therefore, if you have a potential project proposal or idea, please feel free contact TSA to discuss.
The Project Stream application form can be downloaded from here.
For more information, including eligibility criteria, desired project models, funding levels and assessment criteria please see the Fund guidelines which can be downloaded from here.
The Scholarship stream is seeking exciting new research ideas and technologies which may benefit the waste tyre and associated manufacturing industries. Therefore, PHD research proposals which are more exploratory in nature but have market potential are sought in this stream of the fund. Beyond that, TSA has no desire to constrain thinking about what might be involved. It is, however, crucial that the research targets one of more of the overarching objectives of TSA funding listed above.
The Scholarship Stream application from can be downloaded here.
Applications are always open and are assessed periodically on a rolling basis. Therefore, if you have read the guidelines and application form and believe you have an initiative that may align with TSA funding objectives, please engage with us as soon as possible.Please read the guidelines, complete the relevant application form and email relevant information to the TSA Market Development Manager.
If you have read the guidelines and have further questions or require more information, feel free to contact Liam O’Keefe - Market Development Manager on the following details:
Ph: +61 3 9077 2791