Information Session: NSW Physical Sciences Fund

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Learn more about why and how you can access this $5 million fund from the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer

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This session is for: University of Sydney Researchers who are commercialising research.

The Physical Sciences Fund is a $5 million fund that aims to deliver significant social, economic and environmental benefits to NSW by providing financial support for the development of new and innovative devices and systems within NSW, across the branches of the physical sciences and engineering, including physics, chemistry, astronomy and the earth sciences.

The Fund will provide funding support through a competitive process to individuals, companies, research institutes and universities to take local innovations to market.


  • Host: Professor Julie Cairney, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research - Enterprise & Engagement)
  • A/Prof Maryanne Large, PSF Shortlist Selection Panelist
  • Professor Tony Weiss, PSF Expert Panelist
  • CEO BioScout, Lewis Collins, PSF Recipient

To be eligible for the PSF, you must be:

  • A financially viable company or commercial enterprise based in NSW (e.g. location of manufacturing jobs, headquarters based in NSW, NSW investment); have an Australian Business Number (ABN); and is a legal entity; or
  • An individual who agrees to form such an entity so that the Department can enter into a legally binding funding agreement; or
  • A NSW public research organisation applying through its appropriate technology transfer office or the Chief Executive Officer (or equivalent) of the research organisation that will become a separate entity before entering into a legally binding funding agreement with the Department.

The project must:

  • Seek to progress a device or system along the commercialisation pathway
  • Be innovative (i.e. new to market)
  • Be headquartered in NSW and demonstrate that most of the project activities will take place in NSW
  • Deliver economic, social and/or environmental benefit to NSW.

Applicants must hold the Intellectual Property or the rights to commercialise the device/system.

Applicants eligible for and/or who have received funding from the NSW Medical Devices Fund are not eligible for the PSF.

More information about the Physical Sciences Fund is available on the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Website

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