created intellectual property
98% of businesses
introduced new or improved products or processes
88% of businesses
accessed (or are expecting to access) new markets
noted an improvement (or expected improvement) in the skills of their workforce
We help SMEs become more competitive and productive
TAE: Wearable tech
We worked with Queensland company TAE to help them commercialise our Guardian Mentor Remote (GMR) wearable technology system and make it available to the global aerospace industry.
With the support of a Federal Government Innovation Connections grant, facilitated by CSIRO SME Connect, Amaero Engineering and CSIRO developed an innovative solution for improved cooling of die casting tools.
With assistance from CSIRO SME Connect, and funding support from the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Programme, we helped Airconstruct identify substantial cost-savings in maintenance of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Innovation Connections and CSIRO researchers helped Hobart based CBG Systems develop and manufacture a new marine fire protection product, RAC Plus. It’s now being exported for use in military, merchant marine and passenger vessels.
Comtech Industries employed a recent graduate to undertake a research project to improve their factory floor manufacturing efficiency and performance through data capture systems.
With the support of a Federal Government Innovation Connections grant, facilitated by CSIRO SME Connect, Envirostream was able to work with researchers from Swinburne University to develop a process for extracting valuable materials from recovered batteries.
Gilmour Space Technologies:
CSIRO SME Connect assisted Gilmour Space Technologies to secure funding support, through the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Programme, to research, develop and test their new hybrid propulsion system for orbital launch vehicles.
InQuik collaborated with The University of Sydney to undertake independent, professional engineering modelling of their patented InQuik prefabricated bridge to validate the expected long-term behaviour and longevity.
To evaluate the energy efficiency of the Norris AP500 cold wash-cycle design, a collaboration with the University of Newcastle was facilitated by CSIRO's Innovation Connections program.
Omni Tanker's innovative collaboration projects have reduced business costs and progressed Omni Tanker to enter new international markets.
We helped Richstone Group find the right research partners for its prefabricated plumbing systems, creating intellectual property and potential new markets.
Taree based Steber International accessed Innovation Connections grants to successfully evaluate and test its hybrid diesel/electric boat.
Food and Agribusiness
Coffee Roasters Australia
Coffee Roasters Australia wanted validate their postbiotic coffee blend by undertaking independent research with Griffith University.
CSIRO’s SME Connect team worked alongside HE Silos to validate the efficiency of their insect fumigation system and enhance the longevity of grain storage by facilitating a research project with Charles Sturt University.
Hunter Heritage Gourmet Foods
With the support of a Federal Government Innovation Connections grant, facilitated by CSIRO SME Connect, Heritage Hunter Gourmet Foods developed Christmas puddings that caters for consumers expanding dietary requirements.
Echuca based KAGOME accessed an Innovation Connections grant to support a collaborative research project with CSIRO into the use of carrot pulp by-product, NinjinFibre®, in meat patties.
We assisted Lallemand Australia to secure funding support and research expertise to help define and Australian Sauvignon Blanc wine style exhibiting similar characteristics of the popular New Zealand version.
We linked Australian company Lowes TC with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney to design a ground-breaking new tissue culture (TC) system prototype to bring stronger, disease-resistant plant varieties to growers sooner.
Murrumbidgee Irrigation wanted to find a better way to manage their complex data points of their irrigation network through the development of a digital twin.
CSIRO's SME Connect team worked with NineSquared to develop an economic feasibility model to support the use of seaweed and shellfish production for environmental offsets by facilitating a research project with the University of the Sunshine Coast.
SCAE: Improving sustainability
With assistance from CSIRO SME Connect, and funding support from the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Programme, we helped SCAE collaborate with the University of Queensland to create a 'Carbon Footprint Model' to calculate greenhouse gas emissions of wheat crops.
We facilitated the connection between Australia's largest papaya grower, Skybury, with research expertise at RMIT and Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to better understand the risk of disease and opportunities for improved biosecurity, while also investigating potential 'value-add' to waste by-products.
Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
We helped Ecas4 find the right research expertise at the University of South Australia to test their Ecas4-Anolyte solution against COVID-19. The solution has been turned into a Covid-killing “fog” that will be deployed at Singapore Airport.
Ecofibre's informal collection of cannabis seeds flourished into a valuable collection and with support of two Innovation Connections grants, Ecofibre can now demonstrate the traits of each seed and store them in a way that optimises their germination rates and lifespan.
Ezymed simplifies patient care for aged care facilities by automating the administration and packing of dose administration aids to make it easier for residents to adhere to their daily medication doses. Their solution is the only one on the market specifically tailored to the aged care sector.
GreyScan, an Australian explosive trace business for inorganic material, saw an immediate need to ‘re-imagine’ their bomb-detecting technology into virus-detecting technology. With assistance from CSIRO SME Connect, GreyScan accessed an Innovation Connections grant to support the research.
We helped MAXONIQ to develop their software to enable the design of customised 3D titanium printed surgical implants for major oral-maxillofacial reconstructive surgery.
Provectus Algae sought to validate and develop a system to reliably and efficiently engineer algae as a host to produce a range of specialty molecules that could be used for commercial applications.
Scale Facilitation saw the opportunity to supply Australian made products to countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of a Federal Government Innovation Connections grant, they set about placing their innovation into action.
To train and educate consumers on Smartstream’s medical safety products, a recent graduate was engaged to develop a simulation app with the support of CSIRO’s SME Connect Team and the Innovation Connections Facilitation and Graduate Placement Grant.
Digital therapeutics company Smileyscope is helping young patients understand the expectations of an MRI scan using virtual reality.
Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS)
To progress their Alcore project to convert bauxite into aluminium fluoride, Australian Bauxite collaborated with CSIRO in a project supported by an Entrepreneurs' Programme Innovation Connections grant.
With the support of an Innovation Connections grant, entX collaborated with the University of South Australia to develop a new type of power generator using radioactive waste material that could be used for remote space and defence settings.