Innovation Districts Challenges

The Innovation Districts Challenges are designed to accelerate the commercialisation of research products that address the impacts of COVID-19 by businesses in partnership with universities and CSIRO in NSW.

Challenge themes align with the NSW Government ‘Respond, Recover and Reform’ approach to COVID-19.

Who is this for

Small to medium sized enterprises that have a product or service that directly addresses the impact of COVID-19 (see eligibility criteria).

What are the funding opportunities

The total funding pool available for each Challenge round is $500,000.

  • Highest ranked applicant $250,000
  • Second-highest ranked applicant $100,000
  • Third-highest ranked applicant $30,000
  • Highest ranked applicant in each Innovation District that is not one of the statewide overall recipients will be granted $10,000, as determined by the evaluation panel.

Challenge One is open

Challenge Statement: Health and wellbeing solutions that reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the people of NSW.

Check with your Innovation District partner for the local closing date.

Close date: 11 November 2020, 05:00 PM AEST

Innovation Districts

The Innovation Districts C19 R&D Challenges are led by the following Boosting Business Innovation Program partner organisations.

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Charles Sturt Univresity

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Macquarie Uni

Siobhan Curran siobhan.curran@newcastle.edu.au  02 4921 6951

University of New England

University of NSW

Southern Cross Uni

University of Sudney

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Western Sydney University

Zahra Shahbazian zahras@uow.edu.au  or Julia Frith jfrith@uow.edu.au  0438 358 243

Question and further information

Read the Guidelines for the Innovation Districts C19 R and D Challenge

Contact your local innovation district partner  leading challenge activities.

You can also contact the Global NSW Concierge at global.nsw.gov.au/contact-us or call 8222 4888