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Calling all innovative thinkers

Do you have a big idea set to transform healthcare design, delivery and outcomes?

Entries are now open for The Big Idea 2022

Entries close Friday 6 May 2022

Apply online here

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About The Big Idea

The Big Idea is a Sydney Research innovation and commercialisation challenge held in partnership between Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney, with the support of IDE Group.

Clinicians and researchers are invited to present very early stage ideas, including development of theories, methods, treatments, devices, technology or systems. Successful ideas focus on optimising healthcare design, delivery and outcomes.

Pitches are presented in a dedication session at Sydney Local Health District's Innovation Week.
The Big Idea challenge winner will receive $45,000 pre-seed funding plus $25,000 professional services from IDE Group to support further development of their big idea.

In 2019, Sydney Research added a People's Choice award in addition to the Big Idea challenge. The People's Choice Award recognises the pitch that generates the greatest positive response from the audience.

The People's Choice Award winner will receive $5,000 pre-seed funding plus $5,000 professional services from IDE Group.


The Big Idea aims to support clinicians, academics,researchers, and innovators who have ideas that could transform or improve healthcare services.


To support the translation of an idea into a commercially-viable healthcare innovation or research project.

To raise the profile of early-stage clinicians and researchers, providing a platform for exposure, mentorship and support from sponsors, industry partners, investors and venture capitalists.

Previous winners

2019 Big Idea Winner - Prof Steve Chadban
2019 People's Choice Award - Dr Shaheen Hasmat
2018 Big Idea Winner - A/Prof Wojciech Chrzanowski
2017 Big Idea Winner - Dr Gerard Sutton

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