SBIR Challenges

SBIR Challenges

Applications to the below challenges have now closed, with solutions in development.

  • Value based care through behavioural change: optimising medication use in the Emergency Department

    The Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) is seeking innovative solutions to optimise medication use in emergency departments by accelerating the uptake of new health and medical knowledge into sustained changes in clinical practice.

    In a field where advances in medical knowledge are made frequently, constant change is required to improve the care being provided to patients presenting to the emergency department. A solution to this challenge will drive behavioural change in the emergency department by helping clinicians digest and understand new knowledge and apply that knowledge to their local context.

    MNHHS are working with Klyp Australia and Aginic to trial their solutions in the feasibility stage.

  • Boosting coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef

    The Queensland Department of Environment and Science and the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy are seeking innovative solutions to support the protection, regeneration and recovery of coral populations on the Great Barrier Reef. Six innovators are sharing in over $1 million to test their solutions through the feasibility stage.


    RECRUIT - RECovery of Reefs Using Industrial Techniques will test harvesting large-scale coral spawn slicks. The project focuses on developing alternative methods of collecting and distributing coral larvae to increase coral settlement on reefs targeted for restoration and assist gene flow between isolated populations.

    Southern Cross University

    This study aims to significantly increase the supply of high-quality foundation coral larvae for settlement on damaged reef areas and will establish mass production of larvae containing Symbiodinium microalgae. The initiative will include the use of 3D printed settlement surfaces to increase recruitment efficiency and pioneering front-line diagnostics to improve thermal tolerance in coral recruits.

    University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Wavelength Reef Cruises

    In a collaboration between UTS and small Queensland business Wavelength Reef Cruises, this study aims to boost coral abundance through developing an innovative mini-tile and reef-attachment clip, alongside a novel pneumatic punch tool, to miniaturise and semi-mechanise coral out-planting. The project will be implemented using a coral nursery already established on the northern Great Barrier Reef and will target high-value tour operator sites as well as sites of high biological and/or cultural significance through support from the Indigenous Sea Ranger Program.

    University of Melbourne

    This study looks at using a floating sun-shield, an ultra-thin film containing light-reflecting particles, to minimise stress on corals by reducing light intensity. The sun shield is biodegradable and composed of materials already present in the marine environment. It may be rapidly applied at critical times to reduce the severity of bleaching due warm water events. The project will be carried out in conjunction with the Australian Institute for Marine Science and Deakin University.

    Sydney Institute of Marine Science

    Marine cloud brightening involves increasing the reflectivity of low lying marine clouds so they reflect a greater proportion of the sun's energy back into space. This cools the ocean and reduces light stress on corals. This study will test mechanisms for supplying salt-based aerosols (formed by spraying micron sized seawater droplets) to the air to increase marine cloud reflectivity.

    BMT Eastern Australia Pty Ltd and The University of Queensland

    This study will test an innovative approach to stabilise coral rubble over large areas of degraded reefs. Rubble will be recycled in-situ into biodegradable coral gabions (mesh cages or nets) to form new coral "bommies" (stand-alone coral structures) that are more stable under strong currents, heavy seas and cyclonic conditions. The gabions will provide shelter to promote coral recruitment and settlement.

SBIR Round 2

  • Supporting learning for students with disability in rural and remote locations

    The Department of Education is seeking a technological solution that supports improved interactive visual educational services to students with disability in rural and remote locations. This is to provide direct or indirect therapy and learning support to primary and secondary school students with disability.

    The Department of Education are now working with NeoRehab and Mediasphere (in partnership with Clipchamp) to test their solutions through the feasibility stage.

  • Affordable and accessible point of entry to public housing

    The Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) is seeking innovative, safe, reliable, and cost-effective ways to improve and manage point of door entry to residential public housing properties across Queensland, taking into account the diverse needs of tenants and their support networks.

    A solution to this challenge will improve access to public housing across Queensland, and create responsive solutions, flexible operations and innovations in service provision to public housing tenants.

    DHPW are currently working with ASSA ABLOY to test their solution through the feasibility stage.

  • Electronic, automated monitoring of commercial fishing operations in Queensland

    The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is seeking an affordable automated electronic monitoring system that will record all information required of commercial trawl, net and crab fishing operations (taking into account different sized vessels), and submit this to DAF in real or near real time.

    A solution to this challenge will make it easier for fishers to meet their regulatory requirements, while providing improved data to support robust fishery management decisions which ensure the ecological sustainability of Queensland’s fish stocks.

    DAF are now working with Fish-e and Anchor Lab to test their solutions through the feasibility stage.

  • Real-time, personal monitoring of dust at Queensland underground coal mines

    The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) challenge is seeking an affordable personal dust monitoring device, consistent with Australian Standards, which will provide real-time data to a worker regarding their exposure levels to respirable dust.

    A solution to this challenge will help the mining industry protect coal mine workers, by allowing individual workers to be alerted if they approach or exceed recommended respirable dust exposure limits.

    DNRME are now working with Ring-IR and Ecotech to develop and test their solutions through the feasibility stage, and Kenelec Scientific to demonstrate their solution through the proof of concept stage.

SBIR Round 1

  • Reef Water Quality Monitoring

    The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is seeking to develop and supply affordable, fine scale water quality monitoring sensors to deploy in the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef. Solving this challenge will support wider deployment of water quality sensors to inform improvements in farming practices. This will lead to long‑term improvements in water quality, and a healthier, more resilient Reef.

    Following the successful completion of the seasibility stage, DES are now working with AJJA Technologies to further test their solution in the proof of concept stage.

  • Sport Venue Lighting

    The Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) is seeking to develop flexible, sustainable and cost efficient next generation lighting solutions for community field-based sports venues. Solving this challenge is likely to support grassroots community sporting organisations and allow them to safely operate later into the evening. This will allow more Queenslanders to participate in sport at times that suit them, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    following the sucessful completion of the feasibility stage, DHPW are now working with eSwitch to further demonstrate their BrightSport solution through the proof of concept stage.

  • Asset Lifecycle Management

    The Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) is seeking to improve the Queensland Government’s understanding of multi-agency asset data, and drive improved whole of government decision making for asset management. Solving this challenge is likely to deliver real procurement savings across Government, and provide consistency of work through multi-year maintenance programs, creating job and training opportunities in regional and metropolitan areas.

    Following successful completion of the feasibility stage, DHPW are now working with Zuuse to further demonstrate their solution through the proof of concept stage.