Why work with us?

Microscopy Australia has over a decade of experience helping industry clients solve technical challenges, improve their products and attract investment.


At our facilities around Australia we provide imaging and analytical solutions for R&D, QA, failure analysis, patent support, non-destructive analysis, and persuasive promotional images.

  • Keep your IP
  • Fast and easy
  • Simple contracts
  • Flexible approach to meet your needs
  • Competitive rates
  • The best instruments and experts

Microscopy Australia also offers an industry voucher scheme for subsidised access, see ‘Industry Subsidy Scheme’ below for more details. 

Contact our business development manager with your queries:
Dr Jenny Whiting
0437 342 735


Flexible Microscopy

  • Where are we located?

    Microscopy Australia has major facilities in:

    • Sydney
    • Melbourne
    • Brisbane
    • Canberra
    • Adelaide
    • Perth

    We also have a variety of linked laboratories in more regional locations.

    To see a full list of our facilities and linked labs, and thier locations, please visit the Facility Directory.

    Facility Directory

  • Our Services


    You can trust our experts to get accurate results from your samples. Fee-for-service is usually based on a standard contract with the host institution. Simple testing services can usually be scheduled within two weeks and urgent jobs can usually be accommodated.

    Contract R&D

    Contract R&D addresses more complex research challenges. The industry partner funds the research project including instrument fees, consumables and salaries for research staff. Intellectual property rights are negotiable as part of the contractual agreement. Take advantage of our expertise to solve your problems.

    Using our microscopes

    We offer training so your staff can get great results on our instruments, or on yours. Microscopy and microanalysis training can be tailored to the needs of your business. Once the required level of competency is reached, instrument use is charged at a competitive hourly rate. See our Pricing & Policies for more details.


    World-leading free online training modules with instrument simulators are available for a range of microscopy techniques.


    Our online technique finder helps you discover the most appropriate technique for your research question and shows you where to find it.

  • Meet our Clients

    From start-ups to multinationals, hundreds of industry clients have used Microscopy Australia to solve their problems. You can find news stories featuring some of these clients here:

    Meet Our Clients

    See why WearOptimo uses Microscopy Australia’s facilities.

Industry Subsidy Scheme

Microscopy Australia has established an Industry Subsidy Scheme that provides support to Australian companies for work performed at Microscopy Australia facilities.

The Scheme aims to help industry researchers access state-of-the-art microscopes and expertise to solve their challenges at reduced rates. Travel support may be available if required.

Applications are open to Australian companies that have not previously used a Microscopy Australia facility.

Project Type Microscopy Australia Subsidy Applicant Contribution
New Industry Client $1,000 – $25,000

Max support is $25,000 worth of time spent on instruments and/or hourly costs for staff help 

Minimum of $1,000, with no maximum.

Applicant contribution must match or exceed the subsidy

Applications from SMEs will be prioritised. Vouchers must be used within 12 months of their issue. Applications can be made at any time and will be processed rapidly. The application procedure is:

  1. Application: Applicants complete a short form available here.
  2. Review: The application is evaluated based on eligibility, technical feasibility and scientific relevance. The Review Committee is composed of the following people:
  • Dr Lisa Yen, Chief Operating Officer, Microscopy Australia, Review Committee Chair
  • Mr Angus Netting, Microscopy Australia Facility Director, The University of Adelaide, and Chair, Microscopy Australia Industry Engagement Committee
  • Rotating Director, from another Microscopy Australia facility
  1. Notification: The Review Panel Chair will notify applicants of the outcome from the review, and this correspondence will be final. This letter of offer will include:
  • the subsidy amount;
  • how to claim travel reimbursement, if any is awarded; and
  • obligations and requirements for successful applicants.
  1. Acceptance: Applicants will be required to formally accept the offer to the Review Panel Chair as outlined in the offer letter. Successful applicants will be required to:
  • commit to their contribution to the project;
  • complete a short report on their activities within two months of the project completion; and
  • acknowledge the support of the Microscopy Australia in any subsequent media releases, publications or presentations.
  1. More information: The full scheme guidelines are available here.

OTHER SUBSIDIES: Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects

Linkage Projects are a grant program run by the ARC. It aims to create long-term research alliances between researchers in academia and industry to solve scientific and technological problems for the economic, social and/or cultural benefit of Australia. The ARC accepts Linkage Project applications from eligible higher education institutions, and then allocates funding on a competitive basis; funding levels range from AUD$50,000 up to AUD$300,000 per annum (p.a.) for up to 5 years. Where an extremely high level of commitment is made by the industry partner, the ARC may consider funding levels of up to AUD$2,000,000 p.a. For more information download our Advice to Applicants for ARC and NHMRC Grants PDF.

If your industry or project is not eligible for a Linkage Program, you can check the relevant Government websites to see if there’s a suitable subsidy: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/search

While we only advise on the government grants listed above, we’re always happy to help you. Contact one of our Industry team.


For further information please contact:
Dr Jenny Whiting
Marketing and Business Development Manager
0437 342 735




problem solving & innovation

Our scientists work in Australia’s top research labs, with world-class instruments and specialised environments, such as PC4 and cleanrooms. Solve problems with our testing services and R&D.

Secure IP

You keep your intellectual property unless otherwise agreed. In some long-term research partnerships, IP is negotiable. Your confidential information is safe with us.


Contracts tailored to suit your project:
- fee-for-service
- training for your staff
- long-term R&D

competitive rates

As a government-funded body, we offer competitive rates. See our Pricing & Policies for more details or contact our friendly Industry team.

Pricing & policies


Eligible businesses can apply for funding.

friendly team

Our Industry team will help you to book suitable microscopes, microanalysis and staff for your project. Let our experts add value to your business.

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