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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Applications now open

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 in the SBIR, and have the opportunity to secure a Government lead customer and pursue further commercial opportunities.
  • Applications are now open for the boosting coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef challenge. Closing 2.00pm (AEST), Tuesday 6 March 2018.
  • Applications for Round 2 closed on 26 September 2017. Successful recipients will be announced in early 2018.


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

Applications are now open to solve the following challenges:

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An information session for this challenge was held on 8 February 2018, the presentation will be available online soon.

Find out more about previous SBIR challenges and recipients.

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 Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards contracts to innovators to research, develop and test 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.

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Last updated
16 January, 2018

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