Up to $500,000 is available from the Small Business Innovation Research  to provide commercial opportunities to innovators while solving Queensland Government challenges.

Small Business Innovation Research

Small Business Innovation Research

The Advance Queensland Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is an innovative approach to government procurement, based on highly successful programs developed in the United Kingdom and United States of America.



The SBIR program has been designed in line with the Queensland Government Procurement Policy guidelines. This means successfully developed solutions may be procured by participating agencies with minimal delay for all parties.

Applicants may need certain accreditation to have their developed solution purchased by government, and it is the responsibility of the applicant to attain all necessary accreditation prior to any possible procurement of a developed solution.

The Queensland Government runs a small-to-medium enterprise (SME) participation scheme to help more SMEs supply information communications technology (ICT) solutions to government. If the ICT SME Participation Scheme applies to a challenge in the SBIR program, it will be indicated on its challenge page.



The Small Business Innovation Research program delivers real outcomes for everyday Queenslanders by:

  • addressing pressing challenges facing Queensland
  • supporting innovative businesses to grow and create the well-paid, knowledge-based jobs of the future
  • helping the Queensland Government innovate to deliver improved frontline services.



Each successful Small Business Innovation Research applicant may receive a share in up to $250,000 for the Feasibility stage and up to $500,000 for the Proof of Concept stage.

As this is a competitive procurement process, the funding sought for each activity will be assessed competitively and should represent fair market value. Evaluation panels may negotiate funding for proposed activities when selecting successful applicants for their challenge.

These negotiations will be based on the information provided in the application form, including:

  • their proposed activities for the stage they are applying for
  • the timeframes for completing each proposed activity
  • the amount of funding sought for each activity.

Any continued relationship or procurement of a developed solution at the end of the Proof of Concept stage will be negotiated separately by the Challenge Owner.



The Small Business Innovation Research  program is open to any organisation able to deliver a solution to one of the published challenges, including startups and pre-startups, small businesses, large businesses, and research organisations.

To apply for the Small Business Innovation Research, you must be:

  • an organisation of any size, with an ABN
  • able to deliver a solution to one of the published challenges within the timeframes of the SBIR
    • up to six months for the Feasibility Stage
    • up to 12 months for the Proof of Concept Stage.
  • able to enter into a commercial contract with the Queensland Government.



Applications for the optimising medication use in the Emergency Department challenge close 29 May 2018.


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