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New round of ITOL grants for e-commerce solutions.

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Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Media Release

089/05 3 August 2005

New Round of ITOL grants for e-commerce solutions

Groups and businesses developing innovative e-commerce solutions are being invited to apply for grants under Round 14 of the Information Technology Online (ITOL) program, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, said today.

Grants of up to $200,000 per project are available under ITOL, an Australian Government initiative that fosters the take-up of collaborative e-business across a wide range of industry sectors.

“The ITOL program is scheduled to wind up in 2006-07, so Round 14 is likely to be the program’s last competitive grant round,” Senator Coonan said.

“I strongly encourage industry groups and small businesses that are developing innovative business-to-business solutions to form consortiums and apply.”

ITOL is funded as part of Backing Australia’s Ability I, the Government’s 2001 commitment to pursue excellence in research, science and technology.

Since 1996 the Australian Government has allocated more than $13.3 million in ITOL grants, funding 119 projects in the agriculture, building and construction, health, environment, arts, manufacturing and community sectors.

Senator Coonan recently announced the five successful projects in Round 13 of the ITOL program:

• a project to facilitate online reporting of chemical usage in viticulture;

• an e-commerce hub for creative media content;

• a demonstration of the use of an electronic product code network for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector;

• the development of a portal and messaging system to facilitate the exchange of service provider information in the counselling sector; and

• a web interface to assist grain farmers to better plan and manage crops.

More information about how to apply for ITOL funding is available online at > Information Economy > Information Technology Online program

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