NSW has great strengths in research across a wide range of scientific fields. The Physical Sciences Fund (PSF) aims to build on these strengths by supporting the translation of research into devices and systems ready for commercialisation.
The PSF 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 physical science and engineering, including physics, chemistry, astronomy and the earth sciences.
The PSF will provide funding support through a competitive process to individuals, companies, research institutes and universities to take local innovations to market.
The Media Release announcing the launch of the PSF can be found here.
The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer is now accepting preliminary applications to the second round of the PSF.
The PSF application process is in two stages:
Preliminary applications close on 28 May 2020.
A preliminary application form can be downloaded here:
You must submit an electronic copy of the application (in PDF format) and video to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The OCSE recognises the COVID-19 pandemic may impact your R&D activity and the extent might not be fully known to you yet. If you have any concerns about how COVID-19 might impact your business or proposal, please email us at email@example.com to arrange a time to discuss further.
Please note that if successful, we anticipate you will receive the funds in one single payment by January 2021 to support your proposal.
We understand the need to be flexible in these uncertain times and we will consider requests for adjustments to project deliverables and timelines in light of any COVID-19 impacts.
Guidelines about eligibility, selection criteria, assessment processes and other information can be found here:
Frequently Asked Questions on the PSF can be found here:
|3 April 2020||Preliminary applications open|
|28 May 2020||Preliminary applications close|
|August 2020||Shortlisted applicants present to the Expert Panel|
|September 2020||Full applications requested|
|October 2020||Shortlisted applicants present to the Expert Panel|
|December 2020||Successful applicants announced|
Please note dates are subject to change
The PSF Expert Panel can be found here:
The applications that were successful in attracting funding in the inaugural PSF were announced on 10 December 2019 by the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon. Rob Stokes MP.
Details of the successful funding recipients can be found here.
Photography from the evening can be found here.
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
(02) 9338 6772 | firstname.lastname@example.org