Latest NSW research & development news

Natural Hazards STEM Support Program

1 February 2024

The Natural Hazards STEM Support Program (the Program) is a new $800,000 competitive grants program in 2023/24 to enhance STEM outreach in schools, focusing on technology education relevant to natural hazard management and response. It builds on the success of the Bushfire STEM in Schools Program, expanding the remit to deliver STEM-focused education programs covering natural hazards to improve student learning outcomes and build resilience in communities.

Natural Hazards Technology Program

1 February 2024

The Natural Hazards Technology Program is a new $1.89 million competitive grants program to accelerate technology innovation and adoption in NSW. The Program will allow better preparation for and respond to natural hazards by trialling field-ready technology with end-user NSW Government agencies. It builds on the success of the Bushfire Response R&D Mission and Bushfire Technology Pilots Program and expands the remit to provide tangible assistance in overcoming challenges from natural hazards.

New Study Leads NSW to a Low-Carbon Future

7 November 2023

The NSW Government today released its vision for the development of innovative decarbonisation technologies to help the State meet its net zero targets.

New $2.5 million fund to investigate impact of screen-related addiction in young people

6 November 2023

The Minns Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to tackle screen-related addiction in young people with a new research fund established to investigate the impact of problematic screen use on children’s development and learning. 

Fast-Tracking Deep Tech Startups in NSW

3 November 2023

Two innovative NSW companies, Archology Systems and Redback Systems, have graduated from Cicada Innovations’ inaugural Fast Start program within the NSW Deep Tech Commercialisation Training Program, an initiative funded by the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer.

RNA Australia Releases Research and Pilot Manufacturing Facility Designs

2 November 2023

NSW-based company RNA Australia has released the designs for Australia’s first-of-its-kind $96 million RNA research and pilot manufacturing facility at Macquarie University.

NSW Power-to-X Industry Feasibility Study released

27 October 2023

The NSW Government is set to lead the charge in renewable energy development with the release of the Power-to-X (P2X) Industry Feasibility Study (Study), produced by the Powerfuels including Hydrogen Network (PFH2N).

Building an innovation sector that delivers for NSW

22 September 2023

The Minns Labor Government will work with the innovation sector, leading experts including universities and business to produce a blueprint to guide how we support the NSW innovation sector.

Startups confirmed for Techstars accelerator in Sydney

28 June 2023

Twelve tech startups have been given a unique opportunity to set their companies up for future success after being selected for an accelerator program run by leading global investment business Techstars.

Global leader to operate $96 million RNA facility at Macquarie University

20 February 2023

Australia’s first-of-its-kind $96 million RNA research and pilot manufacturing facility will be built at Macquarie University and operated by Myeloid Therapeutics.

$5 million tech network to prepare NSW for future fires and floods

2 February 2023

A new network dedicated to creating stronger connections between first responders, businesses and researchers will develop cutting-edge technology and help NSW better prepare for fires and floods.

Boosting Tech Central's R&D infrastructure

Friday, 20 January 2023

A high-tech multi-use facility that provides critical infrastructure to the artificial intelligence, medtech, space, and robotics sectors is among four projects set to share in $8 million, as part of the NSW Government’s Tech Central Research and Innovation Infrastructure Fund.

NSW Government launches $40 million biosciences fund for innovative startups

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Startups will be supported to develop and commercialise problem-solving products, devices and systems in the biological sciences space through a new $40 million NSW Government program.

Reinforcing NSW as a global quantum centre

Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Quantum computing startups and deep-tech companies will be supported to  advance their innovations through the NSW Government’s new $7 million Quantum Computing Commercialisation Fund.

NSW R&D infrastructure gets $117 million boost

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

Scientific research and technological development will be turbocharged as part of a $117 million NSW Government investment to improve vital infrastructure and equipment that will support our world-leading scientists and innovators. 

Funding to fast track bushfire technology

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

NSW businesses trialling innovative, field-ready bushfire technologies can now apply for the second round of the NSW Government’s Bushfire Technology Pilots Program.

NSW innovation precincts to lure cutting-edge companies

Thursday, 15 September 2022

The state’s innovation precincts will help drive NSW’s future economic strength and attracting and supporting world-class anchor tenants is critical to growing these powerful ecosystems, according to new research by the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council (IPC).

Addressing the disruptions caused by COVID-19

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Forty two small and medium enterprises obtained $25,000 to $50,000 support funding to commercialise a product or service that addresses the health, wellbeing and/or economic impacts of COVID-19.

Developing bushfire-resilient technology

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

NSW will cement its place as a world leader in bushfire technology commercialisation and position itself for international export of innovative bushfire solutions under a new NSW Government program.

Giant Leap for Space Industry R&D in NSW

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Technologies that aim to enhance our space-based defence surveillance capabilities, improve the performance of computers in space and deliver sovereign production of communication systems are among projects funded under a landmark new program.

Driving Semiconductor Capability in NSW

Monday, 27 June 2022

A new initiative to drive sovereign semiconductor capability will be established in NSW to support critical local industries including health, defence and telecommunications.

NSW Budget delivers big bang for science

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

The NSW Government will deliver the single-largest investment in scientific research, innovation and technological development in the State’s history, with a landmark $832.7 million boost over four years in the 2022-23 NSW Budget.

Future Economy Fund to drive businesses and industries of tomorrow

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

The NSW Government will commit $703.4 million in the 2022-23 NSW Budget to deliver the State’s first fund aimed at the full life cycle of innovative, high-growth businesses in priority sectors and drive productivity in emerging high-value industries, such as digital technology, medical technology and the clean economy.

Tech Central levels up with support for Wi-Fi and new cyber security vault

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

The NSW Government’s Jobs Plus Program will help Australia’s largest semiconductor employer, Morse Micro, expand its work into revolutionary long-range, low power Wi-Fi in Sydney’s Tech Central – boosting its team of over 120 staff from 33 countries, including one of Wi-Fi’s original pioneers, Professor Neil Weste.

Cochlear boosts NSW medtech manufacturing

Monday, 30 May 2022

The NSW Government’s $250 million Jobs Plus Program will support homegrown MedTech business Cochlear to expand its footprint in NSW, creating more than 170 high-skilled jobs and supporting the development of next-generation hearing implants.

NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap Released

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

The NSW Government has today unveiled its long-term strategy for turning the state’s research and development (R&D) capabilities into world-leading industries and jobs for future generations.

NSW ramps up RNA research and development

21 March 2022

NSW has taken another step in the fight against pandemics, genetic diseases and cancer with the opening of a specialised RNA research and development facility at the UNSW Sydney. 

NSW Government commits to a circular economy

21 March 2022

Sustainable, economically viable and environmentally friendly projects have received NSW Government funding through a program which is fostering innovation through the state’s world-leading researchers and companies.

New taskforce set to reinvigorate NSW modern manufacturing

8 March 2022

A new taskforce announced today will renew NSW’s manufacturing sector, with the aim of accelerating adoption and development of modern manufacturing capabilities across industry sectors in Australia’s largest manufacturing state.

NSW excellence showcased at Australia's first quantum industry conference

23 February 2022

The leading minds in quantum technology are meeting in Sydney today with members of the research sector, industry and government at the inaugural Quantum Australia conference.

Small businesses deliver innovative solutions

18 February 2022

Seventeen small businesses will share in more than $1.5 million in NSW Government funding to develop innovative solutions to well-defined problems, such as connectivity in remote areas, water purification and waste reduction associated with personal protective equipment.

Twenty-year NSW R&D Roadmap takes shape

7 February 2022

Industry and research sector leaders will come together today for the inaugural NSW Competitive Advantage Summit, which will help fine-tune the state’s research and development (R&D) strategy for the next two decades.

NSW targets greater global investment in health medtech and biotchnology sectors

28 January 2022

The NSW Government has showcased 30 of its best health, medical technology and research organisations as part of Dubai’s Arab Health and Expo 2020 Dubai program.

Tech Central powering ahead with the opening of the new Quantum Terminal

29 November 2021

The state’s vision for a world-class innovation and technology precinct is coming to life, with Tech Central’s Quantum Terminal welcoming its first tenants. 

NSW Government boosts medtech jobs and takes infection prevention global

22 November 2021

Premier Dominic Perrottet said support from the NSW Government’s $250 million Jobs Plus Program would help more than double Nanosonics’ manufacturing capacity and enable the company to bolster R&D investment in new innovations to support its bid to become a global leader in the industry.

H2 Go! NSW open for hydrogen investment

19 November 2021

The NSW green hydrogen industry is set to boom with the legislation underpinning the NSW Hydrogen Strategy passing Parliament today.

NSW funds world-leading undersea detection & communication technologies

8 November 2021

The NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN) Strategic Investment Initiative is pioneering the development of integrated undersea acoustic communications and sensing technologies to enable long-distance, reliable covert communications.

NSW funding harnesses space technology to solve global challenges

5 November 2021

Radiation-tolerant space solar power, spacecraft technology for remote sensing missions and innovations in Earth observation data are just some of the projects being co-funded through nearly $370,000 from the NSW Government’s Space Demonstrator Program to overcome existing challenges using space technology.

New Report Offers Roadmap for Creating NSW Hydrogen Jobs of the Future

26 October 2021

Following its announcement of Australia’s largest hydrogen strategy, the NSW Government has released a new report outlining a roadmap to build a thriving Power-to-X (P2X) industry which could see the state become a global renewable energy superpower.

Strategic partnership with NSW universities to boost innovation and investment

25 October 2021

Minister Ayres said he was excited to be signing the first of these agreements with The University of Sydney and looks forward to developing Innovation Partnerships with NSW’s other universities soon.

New $96 million RNA pilot manufacturing facility for NSW

21 October 2021

NSW is set to lead Australia with a first-of-its-kind pilot facility to develop mRNA and RNA drugs and vaccines to combat disease and save lives.

NSW space industry finds new home in tech central

30 July 2021

The future of the state’s emerging space industry has found a home in Sydney’s Tech Central, with the establishment of a $2.1 million National Space Industry Hub to accelerate the growth of the NSW space ecosystem.



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