Up to $15,000 is available from TechVouchers to help SMEs collaborate with the public research community and their research facilities.
Technology Vouchers (TechVouchers) Program has been established to drive opportunities for research collaboration between NSW small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and public sector research organisations (PSROs). The program seeks to promote and demonstrate to SMEs the opportunities available from collaborating with, or using the services of PSROs.
TechVouchers benefits both industry and the public research sector by assisting SMEs with funding to help them engage with the NSW public research community and their research facilities. Through TechVouchers, you can connect with an expert in your field and engage on a joint research project, or you could access high tech instruments and facilities for testing and feasibility studies.
Priority will be given to:
- companies which have not engaged with universities or other public sector research organisations in the past;
- companies which have not been working with research organisations for more than two years;
- companies with an existing relationships with a research organisation who can demonstrate that the allocation of a TechVoucher will drive transformative improvement in the existing collaboration.
TechVouchers of up to $15,000 is awarded on a competitive basis to eligible NSW companies:
- the voucher value must be matched by the applicant in cash and in-kind (please note SME staff time is not included for in-kind contribution calculations)
- the voucher will be valid for use at any NSW based public research organisation
- the voucher will be valid for a period of 6 months from date of issue
- the voucher will not cover work already undertaken.
You can use a TechVoucher to:
- seed a research project in partnership with a research organisation
- support a research project that will lead to an application for an Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme Research Connections or Accelerating Commercialisation (AC), or other similar schemes
- fund access to research facilities such as electron microscopes, medical imaging, e-research supercomputers, nanofabrication, marine and climate infrastructure and other facilities under the Commonwealth Government’s NCRIS program and Super Science Initiative
- fund product or process design activities (e.g. use engineering or technical design expertise to determine prototype structure, function and/or materials)
- technical assistance
- trial production runs or processes to demonstrate technical concepts
- validation or demonstration the technical capabilities of the product, process or service, scale-up, stability or reproducibility of a process or
- fund toxicology studies on materials you have invented, or wish to incorporate into your new product
In order to be eligible, companies must:
- be incorporated in NSW;
- have fewer than 200 employees;
- turnover less than AUD$30 million per annum;
- have been in operation for at least one year;
- be able to demonstrate the ability to match the applicable voucher amount in cash and in kind; and
- conduct the majority of the proposed activities in NSW, in partnership with a NSW-based PSRO, including universities or other public sector facilities.
Applications open on an ongoing basis.