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:

  1. Novelty and potential to become world-leading 
  • Degree of research excellence, making reference to novelty, significance, and ambition 
  1. Identified need in space 
  • Demonstrates high potential to satisfy an existing or emerging space capability need or a current or emerging space industry need  
  1. Potential for impact and implementation pathway 
  • Relevance and potential impact for the NSW space sector 
  • Capacity and capability of applicants to commercialise project IP 
  1. 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 

Timeline

01 Aug 22Applications open
16 Sep 22Applications due
Nov 22Review period
02 Dec 22Result announced
Dec 22 – Jan 23Contracting

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