The Powerfuels including Hydrogen Network (PFHN) Seed Grant Program (Seed Grant) has been established to provide an impetus for technological innovation at network universities, in the pursuit of developing solutions for the widespread deployment of powerfuels economy in the State of NSW. The seed funding is aimed at technology research, development, and demonstration projects at universities that typically face challenges in securing funding within competitive schemes run by NSW and the Commonwealth Government. 

About the Grant 

To support technology commercialisation, PFHN Seed Grants of between $50,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive) are available per project, to be supported by 1:1 cash contribution from industry partner/s. Projects will run for a maximum period of 12 months following the execution of contracts. Seed Grants are intended to translate power fuels technologies at Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 3-6 to higher TRL, bridging the gap in funding for research and commercial potential. The Seed Grant will encourage collaborative projects between research and industry through a defined pathway with commercialisation impacts of decarbonisation innovation.  

Important Dates

Round 1 Applications open 9:59 am AEDT on Friday 15 December 2023 
Round 1 Applications close 9:59 am AEDT on Monday 11 March 2024 
Round 1 Application assessment Q2 2024 
Round 1 Projects contracting Q2 2024 
Round 1 Projects commerce Q3 2024  
Round 1 Projects complete Q3 2025  

Note: The timeline is indicative and subject to change.  

Application must be submitted by email to with the subject line ‘PFHN Seed Grants Round 1 application’. 

Any enquiries about the assessment process or the outcome of an application can be sent to 

PFHN Seed Grant Documents