The Victorian Governments "Smart SMEs Market Validation Program" has opened its Round 2 Call for Proposals.

The Smart SMEs MVP is a pilot program that promotes innovation in business and government by supporting R&D for demonstration projects. Victorian public sector entities identify needs requiring new technology solutions, and engage SMEs to explore the feasibility of technology solutions and conduct the R&D to proof-of-concept. The proposed 'solution' must be a new technology solution – for example, biotechnology, nanotechnology or environmental technologies – to meet the specified requirements of the Victorian public sector entity. Details can be found by visiting the Victorian Government website: http://www.business.vic.gov.au/BUSVIC/STANDARD.HTML/PC_63422.html