NSW Small Business Innovation and Research Program

Funding is available for 3-month projects undertaken by small to medium enterprises to help them address a specific problem highlighted by the NSW government.

Closes in 22 days

Closing date: Tuesday 28 February 2023 Tue 28 Feb 2023

What do you get?

Funding of up to $100,000 for the initial project.

Who is this for?

Small and medium-sized enterprises in NSW.


Funding is available to leverage the capacity of NSW-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and NSW-based research and development to address the needs of the NSW government with the aim to procure solutions.

Funding is provided in 2 steps:

  • companies will first apply for a feasibility study grant of up to $100,000 for a project of up to 3 months
  • companies that successfully complete this feasibility study will then have the opportunity to apply for further proof-of-concept funding of up to $1 million to carry out a more in depth demonstration of their solution over 15 months.

Funding is available to enterprises that innovate to solve one of the following challenges:

  • waste recovery and management
  • biosecurity surveillance
  • cultural and linguistic diversity services
  • recycled content verification
  • school zones alerting system
  • urban heat island
  • vital sign monitoring.

Check if you can apply

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be headquartered in NSW or conduct the majority of research, development and production operations in NSW
  • hold the intellectual property and rights to commercialise the proposed solution
  • if successful, undertake to conduct program-related research and development work in NSW.

Applicants must be one of the following entities:

  • a small or medium-sized business with under 200 full time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • an individual or partnership, provided you agree to form a company incorporated in Australia to enter the grant agreement
  • a NSW public research organisation applying through its appropriate technology transfer office, provided you agree to form a company incorporated in Australia to enter into a grant agreement.

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