The feds are running stage-two of an inducement competition, offering young, lean and hungry ideas-merchants (start-ups through to $20m max turnover pa for three years) up to $1m for solutions to big policy problems. And yes, companies controlled by universities and public research agencies are eligible.
To score $1m for a proof of concept all you need do is come up with ways to manage;
* digital ID for victims of domestic violence, * biosecurity against pests arriving on shipping containers, * market intel for tourism services, * AI to identify and evaluate government records for continuing policy importance and * a learning platform for using federal government data.
For $1m, answers to any of them will be a bargain for the feds.