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NSW SBIR program to fund innovative R&D

The NSW Small Business Innovation & Research (SBIR) program will provide up to $12 million in grants to NSW SMEs to solve five NSW Government challenges, some of which are of direct defence relevance.

Proposed solutions must address one of the SBIR program challenges listed below. Five challenges have been defined for the 2021 SBIR program:


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Koala count

Personal Protective Equipment

Water purification

R&D NSW will host a webinar for each challenge in July 2021. Each webinar will describe the SBIR program, the challenge, and provide an opportunity for prospective applicants to ask questions of the NSW Government agency proposing that challenge. The webinars will be recorded and made available on the SBIR program website.

Details of the webinars and how to participate will be released in late June.

Applications open in late June 2021 and close at 11:59pm AEST on Monday 16 August 2021.

Before applying, all applicants should read the 2021 NSW SBIR Program Guidelines  and 2021 NSW SBIR Program FAQs.

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