Smart sensing challenge offering up to $100k for clean tech collaborations

The NSW Smart Sensing Network is calling on research, industry and government stakeholders to form collaborative proposals and apply for funding under round 3 of the NSSN Grand Challenge Fund


The NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) was established in July 2016 on the premise that the economy and people of New South Wales face key challenges in energy, resources, manufacturing, the environment, transport, agriculture, space and health that cutting-edge research in smart sensing could play a critical role in solving.

To further this aim, the NSSN is now accepting collaborative proposal applications from research, industry and government for this year’s NSSN Grand Challenge Fund.

The scheme aims to promote the development of innovative, collaborative research projects that respond to the NSSN Grand Challenges.

These challenges are in response to some of the most complex challenges we face in the environment, health, economy and society – which demand innovative solutions that will benefit future generations.

Grants of up to $100,000 per project will support the development of projects that link with industry or government partners and devise a smart sensing solution that has a defined pathway to genuine impact, either through commercialisation or operationalisation.

This year, there are five NSSN Grand Challenges across ageing, bushfires, clean tech, water, and smart places & buildings.

NSSN Chief Operating Officer, Nicholas Haskins said the NSSN Grand Challenge Fund targets real-world problems.

“We have an ageing and growing population, global climate change and weather events, and economies undergoing green transitions,” said Haskins.

“The opportunities for smart sensing to help solve these wicked problems through novel solutions that NSSN Grand Challenges Fund cultivates are boundless.”

To be eligible, funding proposals must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Leadership: be led by an NSSN member university.
  • Collaboration: involve a minimum of two NSSN member universities (incl. the lead).
  • Partnership: partner with at least one industry or government partner.
  • Co-investment: attract cash co-investment from industry/government partners at least equal to the requested amount.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Monday 20 February 2023.

For more information about the Challenges and eligibility, go to the NSSN website here.

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