Queensland Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

Grant Organiser

QLD Government

Grant Overview

The SBIR program awards contracts to innovators for the research, development and testing of their solutions to complex challenges. The program is based on highly successful programs run in the United Kingdom and United States of America and aims to:

  • address pressing challenges facing Queensland
  • support innovative businesses to develop new products and services, grow and create jobs
  • help the Queensland Government innovate to deliver improved frontline services.

Successful applicants retain all intellectual property they develop within the SBIR program, and have the potential to secure a government lead customer for a tried and tested product which is ready to attract further investment.

Eligibility Criteria:

The SBIR program is open to any organisation able to deliver a solution to one of the published challenges. To apply, you must meet all requirements to promptly enter into a commercial contract with the Queensland Government and commence work should you be successful.

Level of Funding:

Each challenge will advertise the total funding available on its challenge page. These funding amounts may be shared between multiple applicants.

Application Criteria for Evaluation

Step 1: Apply

Challenges are released to market and information sessions are held to allow innovators to better understand the challenge before applying.

Step 2: Present       

Applications are assessed, and the best are invited to present their proposed solutions face-to-face with the evaluation panel.

Step 3: Feasibility    

Successful applicants are funded to test the technical and commercial feasibility of their proposed solutions for up to six months.

Step 4: Proof of Concept     

Applicants with feasible solutions are funded to develop, prototype and test a proof of concept for up to 12 months.

Step 5: Commercialise

Successfully developed solutions may be purchased by Government, and commercialised to a wider market by the successful applicant.

Participating departments will assemble evaluation panels to assess the applications. These panels may include technical, operational, policy and commercial experts. Full evaluation criteria are shown on each challenge page.

Funding Available for:

research and development of innovative solutions to specific Queensland Government challenges

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Further Information and Applications:

Applications are submitted online, through the SmartyGrants platform. https://advance.qld.gov.au/entrepreneurs-and-startups-industry-small-business/small-business-innovation-research/sbir-challenges