SME’s called to step forward to solve waste challenges

Small and medium sized businesses can access up to $100,000 each through the $12 million Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) to solve environmental and waste challenges.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said that this was a great opportunity for Australian businesses to think outside the box and “develop clever ideas that can help solve policy issues within Government.”

Andrews said that this round of BRII aims to find more effective ways of dealing with challenges that affect oceans, water and soil quality as well as recycling technologies.

The five challenges for this round of funding are:

  • Revolutionising agricultural spray application
  • Turning farm crops into a renewable hydrogen source
  • Counting fish using advanced technologies
  • Automating the detection of whales at sea
  • Turning office trash into energy treasure

 “Not only does this initiative help government agencies with tailored solutions that mean better value for taxpayers, it also gives start-ups and businesses the chance to develop new products and technologies for the global market.

 “Boosting opportunities for businesses to innovate, and doing things more efficiently within government will be crucial as we chart our COVID-19 economic recovery,” she added

 Australian start-ups and small and medium businesses can submit proposals for ideas that address the challenges. Successful applicants will receive grants of up to $100,000 to further develop ideas and test feasibility over three months.

The most successful of these ideas may then be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million to develop a prototype or proof of concept over a maximum of 18 months. Relevant government agencies will have the option to purchase these solutions at the end of the proof of concept stage.

Applications close on 10 September 2020.