Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD)

Grant Organiser Dept of Defence
Grant Overview SBIRD supports small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to work on research projects aligned with defence priorities through the Next Generation Technologies Fund. SBIRD projects may relate to specific challenges identified by Defence, or have a broader scope across an emerging technology field with potential for disruptive innovation. SBIRD projects are research intensive and address future-focused challenges aligned with DST strategic direction and work programs.
Eligibility Criteria:  
Level of Funding:

Stage 1 will support proposals that seek to ascertain the feasibility of a technology/innovation for a Defence application, with funding of up to $100,000 each over a period of between 6–9 months.

Stage 2 will test the technology/innovation of the most promising project or projects in a laboratory setting against the Defence application, with funding of up to $750,000 each over a period of between 12–24 months

Application Criteria for Evaluation

SBIRD is a merit-based program with two phases:

Stage 1: specific challenges will be identified for each round, addressing a future Defence problem. Initial funding will allow research to be undertaken to assess the feasibility of the idea. As a guide, Defence Technology Readiness Levels range from 1 – 3 in Stage 1. Successful projects will be invited to apply for Stage 2.

Stage 2: further funding will be provided for research into testing the idea against the application (potentially proof of concept). Depending on the status of the technology, an invited proposal for Stage 2 might be taken up within SBIRD as a research-based project, or taken up by the Defence Innovation Hub for maturation and accelerated commercialisation.

Funding Available for: (SMEs) to work on research projects aligned with defence priorities through the Next Generation Technologies Fund
Important Dates: CURRENTLY CLOSED
Contact Details:

SBIRD@dst.defence.gov.au

Further Information and Applications:

https://www.business.gov.au/-/media/Business/CDIC/Documents/NGTF_SBIRD.pdf

Currently unsolicited proposals cannot be considered by the Next Gen Tech Fund. However, you can submit an unsolicited proposal to the Defence Innovation Hub.

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Web:

https://www.business.gov.au/centre-for-defence-industry-capability/defence-innovation/next-generation-technologies-fund/collaboration-vehicles/small-business-innovation-research-for-defence-sbird