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Challenge Information

Current opportunities

Current opportunities are shown below. Any questions about these challenges should be directed to the SBIR Team at SBIR@dsiti.qld.gov.au.

Boosting coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef

Innovators can apply for a share of up to $1 million which is available for the Feasibility stage. It is anticipated that a number of solutions will be explored, with individual contracts not expected to exceed $250,000. A further $1 million is available to develop the best solutions through the subsequent Proof of Concept stage.

Applications close at 2.00pm (AEST), Tuesday 6 March 2018. Find out more and apply.


Past challenges

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

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 finalising their assessment of applications and outcomes will be announced in early 2018.

  • 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 finalising their assessment of applications and outcomes will be announced in early 2018.

  • 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 finalising their assessment of applications and outcomes will be announced in early 2018.

  • 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 finalising their assessment of applications, and outcomes will be announced in early 2018.

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 Feasibility stage, DES are now working with AJJA Technologies to further test their solution in the Proof of Concept stage.

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

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

    Grey Innovation were funded to test the feasibility of a prototype CZE sensor to detect dissolved inorganic nitrogen, with the aim of developing a highly accurate, low-cost, field-deployable sensor providing comprehensive water quality data via the Internet of Things.

    Website: http://www.greyinnovation.com/

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

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

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

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  • 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.

    DHPW has identified two providers, and is working with them to develop potential solutions.

    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.

    Website: http://planetarkpower.com/

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    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.

    Website: www.eswitch.com.au/

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  • 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.

    DHPW are now working with two providers to develop potential solutions to this 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.

    Website: http://www.assetfuture.com/

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    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.

    Website: http://www.zuuse.com/

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16 January, 2018

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