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.
Applicants 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. DSITI will provide up to 50% of development costs.
At the end of the process, participating agencies are able to purchase successfully developed solutions.
Examples of previous challenges released within the SBIR include:
- supporting learning for students with disability in rural and remote locations
- electronic, automated monitoring of commercial fishing operations in Queensland
- affordable fine-scale water quality monitoring for the Great Barrier Reef
- flexible, sustainable and cost-efficient sport venue lighting.
We're holding an information session on 18 October 2017 to help you prepare your nomination.
If you are interested in submitting a challenge, email the SBIR team at SBIR@dsiti.qld.gov.au.
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, to ensure challenges are clearly scoped
- opportunities to engage new and different innovative solution providers
- DSITI support for the costs of developing solutions
- a staged procurement process which manages the risk of funding innovative solutions
- the 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.