Up to $1 M is available from the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) to develop innovative solutions that address persistent government challenges.

BRII

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

The Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) encourages SMEs to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges.

Businesses will keep the intellectual property (IP) rights to their solutions for future worldwide sales. Five challenges are currently open for applications.

 

Background

The Business Research and Innovation Initiative BRII is a pilot programme for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The BRII pilot programme covers five challenges for which SMEs can develop solutions. These challenges were proposed by Australian Government agencies and successful challenges were recommended by Innovation and Science Australia.

The five BRII challenges are:

  • On-the-spot technology for measuring pyrethroid surface residue.
  • Tracking the effect and value of information products.
  • Digitally enabled community engagement in policy and programme design.
  • Improve transparency and reliability of water market information.
  • Sharing of information nationally to ensure child safety.

 

Objective

The objective of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) is to drive innovation within SMEs and government by encouraging the development of innovative solutions by SMEs to public policy and service delivery challenges.

 

Funding

The total allocation of Business Research and Innovation Initiative funding for the pilot programme is:

  • $2 million for feasibility studies
  • $10 million for proofs of concept.

The Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) will provide grants of up to $100,000 for feasibility studies that address a specific challenge. If you complete your feasibility study, you can apply for a grant of up to $1 million to develop a proof of concept addressing the same challenge.

You can receive grant funding for more than one challenge at the same time or over time

 

Eligible Projects

For Feasibility Studies

A Business Research and Innovation Initiative feasibility study is a set of activities undertaken to scope and research the technical and commercial viability of an SME’s proposed solution to a challenge.

Eligible activities for feasibility studies could include work to determine:

  • the technical viability of the proposed solution
  • the novelty of the proposed solution compared to existing offerings
  • the commercial potential of the proposed solution in domestic and/or international markets.

For Proofs of Concept

A Business Research and Innovation Initiative proof of concept builds on a feasibility study, and involves undertaking a set of activities to produce a working prototype or demonstration of an innovative solution to a challenge.

Eligible activities for proofs of concept could include work to determine:

  • the nature, functionality and capabilities of the innovative solution;
  • differentiation of the innovative solution from any similar existing products or services; and
  • performance of the innovative solution in the relevant operational environment(s).

The BRII Programme Delegate may seek advice from Innovation and Science Australia to determine the scope of eligible activities

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for a BRII feasibility study or proof of concept grant you must:

  • be a non-tax exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or be an individual or partnership, provided you agree to form a non-tax exempt company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) with which a grant agreement could be entered into.
  • have an ABN.
  • have a turnover of less than $20 million for each of the three years prior to the lodgement of the application, combined with any related bodies corporate. There is an exception for applicants controlled by an Australian university or public sector research organisation, whose individual turnover must be less than $20 million for each of the three years prior to lodgement of the application. Newly established companies are welcome to apply.
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to fund any project costs that are not covered by the grant.

Joint Business Research and Innovation Initiative applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is both the primary project proponent and eligible as per the list above.

To be eligible for a proof of concept grant you must have completed a feasibility study project addressing the same challenge. You must have submitted a feasibility report to AusIndustry using the required template within one month of completing the project.

 

Timing

Applications for Business Research and Innovation Initiative close 30 November 2016.

 

Successful Applicants

The 20 SMEs have been selected from 180 applications to receive initial funding to conduct feasibility studies of their solution. The SMEs with the most promising ideas and products arising from these grants may be eligible for a further grant of up to $1 million each. This would be to develop a prototype or proof of concept of their solution with government having the option of being the first customer.

The BRII provides opportunities for SMEs to develop innovative products and services with genuine commercial potential. The initiative allows government agencies to work with SMEs to develop innovative solutions and then have the option to purchase those solutions. This gives the SMEs a commercial income and the ability to grow with a global mindset.

On-the-spot technology for measuring pyrethroid surface residue

Applicant NameGrant Funding
Atamo P/L$93,894
Australian Sensing & Identification Systems P/L$99,090
Iugotec P/L$96,828
Micropace P/L$94,400
Panorama Synergy Ltd$73,500

Tracking the effect and value of information products

Applicant NameGrant Funding
Atraxium P/L$82,800
Avinium P/L$78,875
Gosource P/L$100,000
Houston Kemp P/L$100,000

Digitally enabled community engagement in policy and programme design

Applicant NameGrant Funding
Collabforge P/L$69,650
Crawford Kaye P/L & Claire Agnew$100,000
Futuregov Australia P/L$99,900
Likely Theory P/L$97,800

Improve transparency and reliability of water market information

Applicant NameGrant Funding
Aither P/L$99,663
Civic Ledger P/L$80,345
NGIS Australia P/L$97,920
The Marsden Jacob Unit Trust$99,897

Sharing information nationally to ensure child safety

Applicant NameGrant Funding
Leading Directions P/L$100,000
Factil P/L (previously Infinuendo P/L)$100,000
Itree P/L$99,459

 

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