Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
All Queensland Government agencies are invited to nominate challenges for Advance Queensland’s SBIR, an innovative procurement program which aims to solve ‘unsolvable’ government challenges by supporting innovators to research, develop and test their solutions.
SBIR challenges should be:
- complex, with no suitable solution available off the shelf
- open to a range of possible solutions
- aligned with Queensland Government priorities.
Typical SBIR challenges invite applicants to apply for a share in up to $250,000 to test the feasibility of their proposed solution, and a further $500,000 to develop a proof of concept, at the discretion of the participating agency. The SBIR program will provide up to 50% of development costs, up to a total contribution of $375,000.
At the end of the process, participating agencies are able to purchase successfully developed solutions.
The SBIR provides a streamlined framework for agencies to procure innovation and helps participating agencies identify solutions with the potential to revolutionise their service delivery.
Key benefits for participating agencies include:
- a challenge definition workshop, fully funded by the SBIR program, to ensure challenges are clearly scoped
- opportunities to engage new and different innovative solution providers
- support from the SBIR program for the costs of developing solutions
- a staged procurement process which manages the risk of funding innovative solutions
- opportunity to purchase successfully developed solutions.
The SBIR is based on similar successful programs in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has been designed in accordance with all Queensland Government procurement and probity requirements.