NSW Physical Sciences Fund

The Physical Sciences Fund is a competitive development and commercialisation program for technological innovations in NSW.

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 aims to capture potential commercial applications of NSW research across all branches of physical science (physics, chemistry, etc.), such as in sensor or materials technologies, with the aim to attract a broad spectrum of disciplines and provide support through the product life-cycle.

The PSF will provide funding support through a competitive process to individuals, companies, research institutes and universities to take local innovation to market.  It will also seek to support applications where there is a potential use by NSW Government agencies.

The Media Release announcing the launch of the NSW Physical Sciences Fund can be found here.

The applications successful in attracting funding in the inaugural Physical Sciences Fund 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 announced shortly.

2020 Physical Sciences Fund

The call for applications in the next round of the Physical Sciences Fund will be made early in 2020.

Applications are called for once a year, and there is a two-stage application process. To be eligible to be invited to submit a Full Application, applicants must first submit a Preliminary Application.

  • Preliminary Application – this is an early screening document of no more than eight pages that allows the Physical Sciences Fund Expert Panel to determine eligibility, review the proposal and assess the quality of the application. This application must include a USB memory stick with a three-minute video explaining the proposal.
  • Full Application – the Physical Sciences Fund Expert Panel will determine if a Preliminary Application will proceed to a Full Application. This is a more detailed document of 15-20 pages that covers all aspects of the proposal. This stage is by invitation only.


Guidelines about eligibility, selection criteria, assessment processes and other information may be found at this link:

NSW Physical Sciences Fund Guidelines


In the 2019-20 financial year, the NSW Physical Sciences Fund had total funding pool of $5 million.

Preliminary Applications closed on 3 May 2019.

Stage 1: Preliminary Application

A Preliminary Application form may be downloaded at this link:

NSW Physical Sciences Fund Application Form

Applicants must submit one copy of their Preliminary Application electronically to:


Applicants also must submit one hard copy of their application, together with a USB memory stick containing a three-minute video explaining the proposal, to the following address:

Ms Christina Newman
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
GPO Box 5477 
Sydney 2001

or send by courier, addressed to the same recipient, to:

Level 48 
MLC Centre
19 Martin Place 
Sydney 2000

Important Dates

TBC 2020 - the second round of the  Physical Sciences Fund opens.

Principles of the Fund

The NSW Physical Sciences Fund Principles may be found at this link:

Principles of the Fund

Expert Panel

The NSW Physical Sciences Fund Expert Panel and the Expert Panel's Terms of Reference many be found at these links:

Expert Panel

Expert Panel – Terms of Reference


Christina Newman
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
(02) 9338 6772 | christina.newman@chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au