Seed Project Program

The SRN Seed Project funding scheme is a competitive program that supports collaboration between NSW/ACT-based businesses and SRN universities. A key catalyst for collaboration between Space industry SMEs and academia is the provision of seed funding for early-stage proof of concept projects. The purpose of the SRN Seed Projects is to grow space industry capability within NSW/ACT. Network funds will be used to prime proof of concept projects that have the potential to lead to innovations and solutions that are well suited to leverage further R&D funding, and lead to technology transfer and commercialisation opportunities.

SRN support for Seed Projects is based on a co-investment model. Successful proposals can be funded up to $75,000 per project to match industry project contributions.  Matching industry co-funding is a pre-requisite for a successful application, with at least 25% of co-funding cash from SMEs (up to 200 employees) and matching funding from larger entities.

Eligibility

To be eligible, projects must be led by NSW/ACT-based enterprises in collaboration with SRN universities. Both SRN funding and Industry cash contribution must be used to conduct R&D activities at the partner university.

Application process

Proposals for the SRN SPL scheme should be submitted electronically to admin@srn.org.au by the due date.

Assessment

All complete applications will be assessed by the Technical Review Panel on a competitive basis relative to the selection criteria

  • Novelty and potential to become world-leading
  • Stretch goals achievable due to additional funding and access to university researchers and facilities
  • Technical / Scientific Merits, Risk, Best Collaborative Team including specific reference to the university collaborators
  • Capacity and capability of the SME to commercialise project IP

Timeline

07-Dec-21Call for Proposals Issued
18-Feb-22Applications due – deadline extended
25-Mar-22Technical Review Panel Assessment
26-May-22Result announcement
Jun-Jul-22Contracting
Aug-Sep-22Project Start

Documents 

Funding Outcomes for Round 1, 2022

Project IDSummaryLead UniversityIndustry PartnerAnnouncedAward
SP220101Development of a Flight Model of the CROSS Star Tracker.

To develop a commercialised, competitive flight model of the CROSS star tracker, including the imaging system and fast, fault-tolerant computing hardware.
University of SydneySpace Machines Co. 26/05/2022$74,781
SP220102Extraterrestrial Solar Arrays.

Mass producible, rollable solar arrays for cost conscious satellites and Lunar surface uses.
University of New South WalesExtraterrestrial Power Pty. Ltd.26/05/2022$74,512