Small Business Innovation Research

Supports innovators to develop and test new, commercially viable solutions to complex Queensland Government challenges.

What's important

  • Funds the research and development of innovative solutions to specific Queensland Government challenges.
  • It is preferred that work is undertaken in Queensland but applicants can be located anywhere.
  • Innovators retain all intellectual property they develop during the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and have the opportunity to secure a Government lead customer and pursue further commercial opportunities.



The SBIR program is open to any organisation able to deliver a solution to one of the published challenges. To apply, you must meet all requirements to promptly enter into a commercial contract with the Queensland Government and commence work should you be successful.

Current challenges

There are no challenges open for applications at the moment.

How it works

The SBIR program releases challenges and funds the development of innovative solutions through a staged procurement process.

The following diagram provides an overview:

Step 1: Apply

1. Apply

Challenges are released to market and information sessions are held to allow innovators to better understand the challenge before applying.


Step 2: Present

2. Present

Applications are assessed, and the best are invited to present their proposed solutions face-to-face with the evaluation panel.


Step 3: Feasibility

3. Feasibility

Successful applicants are funded to test the technical and commercial feasibility of their proposed solutions for up to six months.


Step 4: Proof of Concept

4. Proof of Concept

Applicants with feasible solutions are funded to develop, prototype and test a proof of concept for up to 12 months.


Step 5: Commercialise

5. Commercialise

Successfully developed solutions may be purchased by Government, and commercialised to a wider market by the successful applicant.


About the SBIR program

The SBIR program awards contracts to innovators for the research, development and testing of their solutions to complex challenges. The program is based on highly successful programs run in the United Kingdom and United States of America and aims to:

  • address pressing challenges facing Queensland
  • support innovative businesses to develop new products and services, grow and create jobs
  • help the Queensland Government innovate to deliver improved frontline services.

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

Last updated 07 Aug, 2019
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