Market Development Fund
Guidelines and Application


TSA & Clark Rubber Collaboration

Tyre Stewardship Australia and Clark Rubber are calling out to Australian manufacturers, innovators, entrepreneurs, polymer experts and other relevant businesses who can demonstrate how rubber from Australia's used tyres can be used in new products. Grants of up to $250,000 are available to applicants to help commercialise innovation to products, and be part of creating Australia's circular economy for used tyres.

Read more about the new collaboration here.

Download the Research and Development Guidelines and email TSA Circular Solutions Manager, Tammie Miller at to apply.

TSA Funding Overview

Tyre Stewardship Australia's (TSA) vision is of a circular economy for Australia's end-of-life tyres that contribute to a sustainable society.  A key priority for TSA is to facilitate the development of markets for Australian tyre-derived material (TDM).

The fund intends to enable local market and product development initiatives that demonstrate the value of new and enhanced applications for TDM. The challenge is to create economically viable products that use TDM in volumes great enough to consume the quantities of waste tyres Australia generates annually, whilst competing with conventional products. We aim to support initiatives that bring together strong partnerships across the supply chain, crossing research institutions and industry partners, to demonstrate the technical and financial viability of products.

Investment for the Future

To minimise the environmental, health and safety impacts of end-of-life tyres, Australia needs diverse and sustainable markets for tyre-derived products. The Tyre Stewardship Fund (The Fund) is delivered in two streams, Demonstration and Infrastructure, and Research and Development Guidelines to ensure the viability of investments in emerging technologies through varied applications. TSA has also played an active role in the delivery of further market development activities:

  • Joint technical training course for engineers and road practitioners, facilitated through the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, and
  • Independent assessment of emerging thermal processing technologies, pyrolysis and gasification, to better inform stakeholders

Funding Priority Statement

The following statement provides guidance on the types of applications that TSA will look upon favourably in the assessment of applications for the Fund:

  • The priority outcome to be achieved from the Project Stream of the Fund is a direct increase in the consumption of Australian Tyre-derived material (TDM) through new and expanded markets.
  • Applications will be assessed most favourably if they are BOTH innovative in nature and have the potential to consume high volumes of Australian TDM.
  • Projects will also be strongly considered if they can demonstrate innovative new approaches to consuming TDM and are likely to consume large volumes of Australian generated TDM.
  • Projects must have collaborative partnerships between industry, research bodies and “end users” to demonstrate a realistic market application and likely potential of being utilised by the market at the completion of the project.
  • All projects must be rated highly in relation to the assessment criteria (see relevant project stream guidelines), with a particular emphasis on:
    • a clear business case that articulates the potential increase in consumption of TDM the project will achieve
    • a clear statement of how the project will capitalise on the characteristics of TDM to create new and improved products or processes
    • strong project partners with appropriate resources and a track history of delivering successful projects
  • 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 TSA Guidelines for more information). Therefore, if you have a potential project proposal or idea, please feel free contact TSA to discuss.

All TSA funded activities require the use of Australian TDM for the duration of the project.

All TSA funded infrastructure and demonstration projects require Australian generated TDM to be utilised for the lifetime of the project and associated infrastructure.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, desired project models, funding levels and assessment criteria please see the Fund guidelines which can be downloaded below.

The application, including attachments, must be submitted via email, with the relevant stream title in the subject line, to:

Project Stream

Demonstration and Infrastructure Projects:

Research and Development Projects: