Department of State Development

South Australian Innovation Challenge

Giving people the ability to live independently, productively and with dignity is at the heart of this collaboration challenge, which will bring together innovators, researchers and businesses to develop cutting-edge products in the health, ageing and disability sectors.


The South Australian Innovation Challenge is an initiative of EXCITE, the state’s 10-year science and innovation strategy. It aims to showcase the state’s research and innovation value chain by identifying solutions to a global problem that have the potential to transform supply chains and propel economic growth in South Australia.

The SA Innovation Challenge will foster new collaborations between researchers and businesses, to harness R&D to deliver technology-based solutions, drive innovation and create market advantage for startups, SMEs and businesses.

With $1 million committed from the Government of South Australia, the SA Innovation Challenge will focus on the Growth State priority sectors of health and medical industries and hi-tech, creating early market advantage and growth opportunities for South Australian businesses.



Demonstrate South Australia’s capability to harness frontier technologies across the research and innovation value chain to develop new products or services that augment the ability of a person at any stage of life to live independently, productively, with dignity and wellbeing, and create early market advantage for South Australian businesses.

Expressions of interest to participate in the SA Innovation Challenge will be open until Friday, 23 April with the successful applicant or applicants to be announced late 2021.

We encourage you to view the Guidelines and address any enquiries to:

To learn more, download the SA Innovation Challenge Guidelines
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Completing the form

The SA Innovation Challenge Guidelines contain all information regarding the eligibility and assessment criteria for Expressions of Interest (EOI) and Full Applications. Please ensure that you have read, understand and agree to the Guidelines prior to submitting an EOI. 

Confidential information

Confidentiality obligations apply to Government employees under their terms of employment and the Public Sector Act 2009. The Department for Innovation and Skills (Department) will treat information provided by the applicant as confidential information if:

  • the information is clearly identified as confidential and you explain why it should be treated as confidential;
  • the information is of a confidential nature (e.g. commercially sensitive); and
  • the information is provided with the understanding that it will stay confidential.

Information that is or becomes public knowledge (other than by breach of any confidentiality obligations) will not be considered to be confidential information.

Disclosure of information (including confidential information)

Any information (including information identified by the applicant as confidential information) contained in, or relating to, an application (including this EOI) for the purposes of applying for funding under the SA Innovation Challenge, may be disclosed by the Department:

  • to Government employees, advisers or third parties in order to manage the SA Innovation Challenge program (Program) (including but not limited for the purposes of reviewing, assessing and/or processing the EOI and applications);
  • within the Government of South Australia where this serves the legitimate interest of the Department;
  • in response to a request by a House or Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia or South Australia;
  • where information is authorised or required by law to be disclosed; or
  • where the information is already in the public domain.


The Department is required to treat your personal information in compliance with the Government’s Information Privacy Principles (IPPs).  The Department may provide the personal information collected from you to Government employees, advisers or third parties so that the Department can manage the Program and monitor and assess the Program. The Minister/Department may publicly announce the names of successful applicants and publish personal information on the Department’s social media platforms and websites.