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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Applications now open

Provides commercial opportunities to innovators while solving Queensland Government challenges

What's important

  • Funding provided to innovators to solve specific Queensland Government challenges.
  • Supports innovators to help develop and test their ideas, which may then be procured by Government and/or used for further commercial opportunities.
  • Development is funded over two stages:
    1. Feasibility— a share in up to $250,000.
    2. Proof of Concept— a share in up to $500,000.
  • Applications close 2pm (AEST) 25 September 2017.


To be eligible, you must be:

  • able to deliver a solution to one of the published challenges
  • meet all requirements to enter into a commercial contract with the Queensland Government.

For more information on eligibility, refer to the information for applicants.

Current challenges

Applications for the following challenges are now open:

Read more about past challenges and recipients.

How to apply

Applications are open for the current round of the SBIR program and will close 2pm (AEST) 25 September 2017. Applications must be completed online and consist of:

  • an online application form
  • a Gantt chart for the work you are proposing to perform
  • any other supporting documentation you wish to provide (maximum of five files).

To help prepare an application, refer to the:

Apply now

How you will be assessed

Eligible applications will be assessed by Challenge Owners against the following assessment criteria:

  1. Addresses the challenge.
  2. Capability to deliver.
  3. Commercial potential.
  4. Fair market value.
  5. Broader benefits for Queensland.

About SBIR program

The Advance Queensland SBIR program is based on highly successful programs developed in the United Kingdom and United States of America, and delivers real outcomes for everyday Queenslanders by:

  • addressing pressing challenges facing Queensland
  • supporting innovative businesses to grow and create the well-paid, knowledge-based jobs of the future
  • helping the Queensland Government innovate to deliver improved frontline services.

The SBIR is open to organisations of any size, but is designed to provide opportunities for small businesses to access government procurement. By funding the research, development and testing of innovative ideas, the SBIR program provides a level playing field for small businesses with big ideas to compete for contracts to solve complex Queensland challenges that have global scalability.

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

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Last updated
30 August, 2017

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