Business and Industry in NSW
TechVouchers aims to drive opportunities for research collaboration between NSW small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and public sector research organisations (PSROs). Under the TechVouchers scheme priority will be given to:
- companies which have not engaged with universities and public sector research organisations in the past;
- companies which have not engaged with research organisations for more than two years;
- companies with existing relationships with research organisation and can demonstrate that the allocation of a TechVoucher will drive transformative improvement in the existing collaboration.
The grant will provide up to 50% of approved project costs to a maximum of $15,000 for technology SMEs to collaborate with a NSW research organisation to overcome a specific technical challenge or test a new technology. The technology should address a high growth opportunity or challenge for a potential business customer in a key sector:
- Advanced manufacturing
- Energy technologies and services
- Online and interactive education
- Transport, logistics and infrastructure
Previously it has been successful pilot funding for researchers and industry to apply for ARC Linkage Projects. This is a continuous scheme with no fixed deadlines.
Provides up to 25% of approved project costs (to a maximum of $100,000), for consortia to develop an innovative solution that addresses a high growth opportunity or challenge in a key sector (as detailed above). The consortia must include three entities - a technology SME with the ability to develop and commercialise the solution (lead company), a pilot business customer in a key sector that is willing to test the solution (pilot organisation) and at least one partner company that will provide additional technology, research capabilities, or assistance to scale the solution.
This is a continuous scheme with no fixed deadlines.