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Dr George Feast

SME Collaboration Nation Lead


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George is the SME Collaboration Nation Lead and is based in Clayton, VIC.

The mission aims to double the number of SMEs (small-medium sized enterprises) that engage with publicly-funded research by 2025 by increasing facilitation and reducing the barriers for SME entry into CSIRO and universities.

George's role involves engaging with Government, university and industry stakeholders to create national-scale leadership and systems to increase SME engagement and drive the Australian economy forward through innovation. We are creating a community of practice amongst relevant programs, training researchers in industry engagement, and building physical and virtual collaboration hubs in sectors of high national importance.

George also provides leadership to the CSIRO Kick-Start program which helps start-ups and very small businesses access dollar-matched funding to undertake a project with CSIRO. The program provides Kick-Start vouchers of up to $50k to assist eligible companies perform research, development or testing projects utilising CSIRO researchers, capabilities and facilities.

George began his career at CSIRO as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2011. His research interests lie in organic chemistry synthesis, nano-materials for drug delivery applications and high-throughput manufacturing techniques. Upon completion of his postdoc, George became a Research Scientist and joined Boron Molecular, as part of the Innovation Connections Program, to work on the commercial-scale synthesis of polymerisation reagents, before undertaking a further secondment at the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA). At PACIA, George set up a Strategic Relationship Agreement with CSIRO and connected industry members with research organisations to foster collaborations. Since joining SME Connect in 2016, George worked on the establishment of the SIEF STEM+ Business program, as well as promoting the wide range of offerings the SME Connect team has to universities, research organisations and beyond before becoming the Kick-Start program manager in early 2017. George also served as the acting Business Development Director for CSIRO Services in 2019.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2011

    DPhil (PhD) Organic Chemistry
    University of Oxford

  • 2007

    MChem Chemistry
    University of Oxford


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