New South Wales Node

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SmartSat CRC’s NSW node aims to supercharge the NSW Space innovation ecosystem

SmartSat CRC’s NSW node is a joint project with the NSW Government’s Space Office and the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, to support industry+research collaboration and solve valuable industry problems via the commercialisation of space-related technologies.

The NSW node will run three separate grant programs and a regular events program to drive industry-research teaming and collaboration for space industry growth and R&D commercialisation impact:

The next round of applications close 5pm Monday, 26 September 2022

Space Demonstrator Program

Call for Applications Now Open for co-funding of 12-month demonstrator projects up to $300,000 in value.

  • Co-funding ratio 1:2 (industry : node)
  • NSW industry-led, cash co-investment required

All projects must be industry led or solve an industry/business problem and involve at least one industry partner and one research partner.

Space Sector Mobility

Applications are NOW OPEN to fund placements of up to 6 months for industry representatives to work within NSW Universities, or for NSW Uni researchers to work within your business, facilitating the transfer of expertise, training and skills.:

  • Secondments in both directions – industry to university, and vice versa
  • Salary and on-costs are funded, seniority not limited
  • Secondments will cover up to 1.0 FTE and 6 months duration
  • No default co-investment required, industry pays for activities
  • Regular application rounds every 12 weeks for quick response.
  • Provides a pathway to partnership development for other node programs.

Infrastructure Access Scheme

Applications are NOW OPEN for the SmartSat NSW Node Infrastructure Access Scheme to provide companies with access to R&D equipment, laboratory space and other research infrastructure:

  • No deadlines, industry can apply at any time
  • No direct costs to industry
  • Simple, quick application process, including consultation
  • Access includes advice, training and analysis from dedicated technical staff
  • Introductions to a researcher at any NSW University hosting the equipment you need to access can be arranged
  • Provides a pathway to partnership development for other node programs.

Industry-R&D Networking Events

The NSW Node will be holding regular in-person networking, teaming, and capability discovery events – including:

  • Industry & Research teaming workshops
  • “Capability discovery” site visits
  • Evening networking meetups with invited speakers

The first teaming design workshop was held on the 13th of May 2021 in conjunction with the ACSER CUBESAT2021: Cubesat Innovation Workshop at UNSW Sydney

Photo of participants in the NSW SmartSat Node Teaming Workshop held on the 13th of May 2021 at ACSER CubeSat2021
Teaming design workshop @ ACSER CUBESAT2021

Our first site visit was to Nicholas Hacko Watchmaker (soon to be rebadged NH Micro) on the 14th of May 2021, where the amazing Josh Hacko took us on a deep-dive into the world of micro-level precision tool-making in exotic metals. (Note: we did not do well on key SmartSat value: gender-diversity – and will be changing how we recruit for our events to do better in future).

Photo of participants in the first NSW SmartSat CRC Node site visit to Nicholas Hacko Watchmakers' precision machining facility
First node site visit on 14th May 2021 to Nicholas Hacko Watchmaker

For more information and to be notified of up-and-coming events, please contact NSW Node Coordinator Tim Parsons via email: [email protected]