Access funding to accelerate the commercialisation of COVID-19 research solutions to market
Expressions of Interest for Challenge 2 have now closed.
You still have the opportunity to express your interest in Challenge 3 when launched. Keep an eye on our website for further information on launch dates.
The Innovation Districts Challenges (IDC) is a $3 million investment by the NSW Government in the state’s innovation ecosystem with the aim of accelerating the commercialisation of research products or services that address the many disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The total funding pool available for each Challenge round is $500,000.
Challenge themes align with the NSW Government ‘Respond, Recover and Reform’ approach to COVID-19.
This second challenge calls for solutions that strengthen the economic resilience of NSW business to recover from the impact on COVID-19.
Projects might address problem areas including (but not limited to):
- business sectors most impacted by COVID-19, such as tourism, international education
- ongoing supply chain weaknesses and sovereign supply chain capacity
- strengthening local communities in the management and recovery from outbreaks.
Macquarie University is partnering with Western Sydney University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to deliver the 3 challenges. This is the first time the three organisations have worked collaboratively to deliver a State Government program to businesses. By doing so, they bring together an innovation arc that stretches across Sydney, from the Northern Beaches, North Shore and North-Western Sydney to Parramatta, Penrith, Camden, Campbelltown and Liverpool.