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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) pilot

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.
  • There are two funded stages:
    1. Feasibility—funding of up to $250,000.
    2. Proof of Concept—funding of up to $500,000.
  • Applications for this round are now closed.


As the SBIR pilot is a competitive procurement process, it is open to any entity able to enter into a commercial contract with, and supply to, the Queensland Government.

How you will be assessed

Applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Do you have the capability to deliver the proposed solution?
  • How well does the solution solve the challenge?
  • Is the project plan sound, and the proposed solution viable and achievable within the timeframes of the SBIR program stages?
  • Does the proposed solution represent the potential for value for money, and appear financially viable with broad commercial potential?
  • Does the proposed solution present broader benefits for Queensland?

How to apply

Applications to the pilot round of the SBIR closed at 5.00pm on 12 September 2016.

For more information on the SBIR pilot, refer to the:


In July 2016, three challenges were released to market within the pilot round of the SBIR. Applications for these challenges have now closed. The three challenges were:

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About SBIR

The SBIR pilot provides commercial opportunities for innovators while solving Queensland Government challenges. Through a competitive procurement process, Queensland Government challenges are released to be solved by the open market. Successful applicants receive funding to research, develop and test their idea. This funding supports innovators through crucial feasibility and proof of concept stages, which can be difficult to fund. At the end of the process, applicants have the possibility to secure a contract with a Queensland Government agency. Intellectual property developed within the SBIR Pilot is retained by the party who developed it, allowing innovators the potential to access broader commercial opportunities.

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Last updated
8 March, 2017

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