Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) has extended the deadline for applications to its cluster program.

Those wishing to access matched funding now have until Wednesday, 28 February to apply to FIAL for support.

The Cluster Programme encourages businesses, public agencies, research and educational institutions to work together to build on their competitive advantage and develop solutions they wouldn’t have developed on their own.

FIAL offers matched funding to give new and existing clusters the resources to grow.

A cluster, FIAL says, is a group of businesses, government agencies, research and associated organisations in a defined geographic area that are interconnected and share a common purpose or interest.

"Each contributes to enhancing the innovation, growth and competitiveness of both the region and businesses," the organisation states.