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.


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 by the due date.


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 


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


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