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NSW Universities and other public research organisations are home to a vast array of highly skilled people and cutting edge technology. TechVouchers have been established to drive opportunities for research collaboration between NSW small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and public sector research organisations (PSROs). The program seeks to promote and demonstrate to SMEs the opportunities available from collaborating with, or using the services of PSROs.

Through TechVouchers, you can connect with an expert in your field and engage on a joint research project, or you could access highly technical instruments and facilities for testing and feasibility studies.

TechVouchers is now open and priority will be given to:

  • companies which have not engaged with universities and public sector research organisations in the past;
  • companies which have not engaged with research organisations for more than two years; and
  • companies with existing relationships with research organisation and can demonstrate that the allocation of a TechVoucher will drive transformational improvement in the existing collaboration.

TechVouchers can be used for:

  • seed a  research project in partnership with a research organisation
  • support a research project that will lead to an application for a Commercialisation Australia (CA) grant, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grant or an Enterprise Connect Researchers in Business grant, or other similar schemes
  • fund access to research facilities such as electron microscopes, medical imaging, e-research supercomputers, nanofabrication, marine and climate infrastructure and other facilities under the Commonwealth Government’s NCRIS program and Super Science Initiative
  • fund product or process design activities (e.g. use engineering or technical design expertise to determine prototype structure, function and/or materials)
    technical assistance
  • trial production runs or processes to demonstrate technical concepts
  • validation or demonstration the technical capabilities of the product, process or service, scale-up, stability or reproducibility of a process
  • fund toxicology studies on materials you have invented, or wish to incorporate into your new product

TechVouchers are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible NSW companies for amounts up to $15,000 with the voucher value being matched by the applicant in cash and/or in-kind with any NSW based public research organisation within 6 months from date of issue.

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