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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

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 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.

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More information

For more information on the SBIR, refer to the:


SBIR Pilot

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

Announcements of future challenges will be published below.

Successful Applicants – Pilot Round

Six applicants will be receiving funding to develop their solutions to the three challenges released in the pilot.

Reef Water Quality Monitoring Challenge

Capillary Zone Electrophoresis (CZE) technology for detecting dissolved inorganic nitrogen.

Capillary Zone Electrophoresis (CZE) technology for detecting dissolved inorganic nitrogen

Trialling a prototype CZE sensor to detect dissolved inorganic nitrogen. The result is expected to be a highly accurate, low-cost, field-deployable sensor providing comprehensive water quality data via the Internet of Things.


Select Field Effect Transistors (ISFETs) for detecting dissolved inorganic nitrogen.

Select Field Effect Transistors (ISFETs) for detecting dissolved inorganic nitrogen

Trialling ISFETs as nitrogen sensors. The final product is expected to be able to be produced at scale and allow considerable improvements in robustness, cost and detection limits over current technologies.


Flexible, Sustainable, and Cost Efficient Sport Venue Lighting Challenge

No Capital Cost – LED Sports Lighting

No Capital Cost – LED Sports Lighting

Develop a detailed engineering design and further develop energy modelling for a sustainable lighting solutions for community sporting organisations, where LED lighting and solar panel systems are installed with no upfront costs.


Bright Sports Shared Facilities Program

Bright Sports Shared Facilities Program

Bright Sport will further develop eSwitch, a Queensland innovation which provides sport clubs with a remote switching system for their field lights and detailed reporting to promote sustainable and accountable energy use. It will also enable emerging sport organisations to search and pay for available floodlit green space with their smartphones.



Asset Lifecycle Management Challenge

Project Luminosity

Project Luminosity

Develop Project Luminosity, an innovative technology system for whole of government asset data. Luminosity’s predictive modelling enables asset business intelligence and greater transparency to help asset owners make more informed decisions.


Project Sapphire

Project Sapphire

The Zuuse Sapphire project will deliver an enhanced lifecycle intelligence solution to support optimised decision making by Government around asset planning, budget forecasting and reporting.



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
20 April, 2017

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