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.
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.
Proposals for the SRN SPL scheme should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by the due date.
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
- Degree of research excellence, making reference to novelty, significance, and ambition
- Identified need in space
- Demonstrates high potential to satisfy an existing or emerging space capability need or a current or emerging space industry need
- Potential for impact and implementation pathway
- Relevance and potential impact for the NSW space sector
- Capacity and capability of applicants to commercialise project IP
- Team track record
- Team’s ability to deliver proposed project, including appropriateness of track record, balance of skills within the project team, and feasibility given requested/available resources
|01 Aug 22||Applications open|
|16 Sep 22||Applications due|
|Nov 22||Review period|
|02 Dec 22||Result announced|
|Dec 22 – Jan 23||Contracting|
Funding Outcomes for Round 1, 2022
|Project ID||Summary||Lead University||Industry Partner||Announced||Award|
|SP220101||Development 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 Sydney||Space Machines Co.||26/05/2022||$74,781|
|SP220102||Extraterrestrial Solar Arrays. |
Mass producible, rollable solar arrays for cost conscious satellites and Lunar surface uses.
|University of New South Wales||Extraterrestrial Power Pty. Ltd.||26/05/2022||$74,512|