What is the Tech Central Research and Innovation Infrastructure Fund?
The Tech Central Research and Innovation Infrastructure Fund is a program that provides funding to organisations and/or consortiums to support cutting-edge technologies, emerging industries and research translation in the Tech Central precinct.
Applicants will receive support to deliver significant research and innovation infrastructure located within or aligned to the Tech Central innovation precinct.
This infrastructure must be open access to the Tech Central ecosystem and support collaborative research and development and innovation.
A key outcome of the Tech Central Research and Innovation Infrastructure Fund will be to support the translation of world-class research into commercial outcomes, new technologies, services and globally competitive cutting-edge industries.
A total of $8 million is available for proposals that meet the eligibility requirements and selection criteria.
Funding may be used for infrastructure, including:
- major equipment
- laboratory facilities
- highly-skilled technical experts or facility managers
- specialised technologies and systems
- industry-focused collaborative programs driving access to infrastructure and commercialisation.
Proposals should be focused on one or more of the following areas, which correspond to industry and research strengths found in Tech Central:
- Quantum computing and devices
- Robotics and automation
- Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
- Advanced communications and smart devices
- Aerospace, defence and space technologies
- Energy generation and storage
- Biotechnology and medtech
- Bioinformatics, genetics and ‘omics’ technologies
- New materials and nanomaterials
- Cyber security, Cloud, embedded and blockchain systems
- Digital and Creative Industries technologies.
Critically, applications must have their infrastructure located within Tech Central or demonstrate a strong alignment with the Tech Central innovation precinct.
The grant monies must only be used on activities undertaken within NSW, and on staff, students or equipment to be located in NSW. Proposals that suggest spending grant funds on partners, activities or items located outside of NSW will not be eligible.
Eligible applicants include:
- research organisations or institutions
- NSW-located NCRIS (National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy) facilities
- consortium-based applicants bringing together industry, university, specialist research organisations and/or publicly funded research organisations (PFROs)
- organisations or industry applicants.
Applicants must be headquartered and/or have a major research/innovation presence located in NSW.
Applications close 17 June 2022.