South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund

The South Australian Space Industry Centre, in collaboration with the Defence Innovation Partnership, has launched a new grant fund to support the development of innovative South Australian space capability.

The South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund aims to support the rapid transition of space technology to operational use while growing the South Australian space ecosystem through international collaboration.

Two grants of up to $100,000 each, will be available for the first round of the Fund, matched by a co-contribution from applicants, to support projects that focus on proof-of-concept or delivery of space capability and have a clear commercial pathway.

We are seeking applications from South Australian-based start-ups or SMEs in collaboration with at least one international partner organisation, with an emphasis on NewSpace technology.

Information session

If you are interested in applying, we invite you to attend an online information session to learn more about the grant application and selection process before submitting your application.

Date: Tuesday 23 April 2024
Time: 10:00 – 11.30am ACST
Location: Online, link to be provided to registered participants.

Register for the information session

Minimum requirements:

  • at least one South Australian-based industry organisation (start-up or SME)
  • at least one international Partner Organisation.

The Lead Organisation must be a South Australian-based start-up or SME.

Minimum requirements for matched funding:

  • 1:1 matched funding (cash or in-kind). ie. applicants must contribute at least $1 for every $1 funded.
  • comprise a minimum 10% cash (the International Partner Organisation is required to contribute to the matched funding element (financial or in-kind).

Co-contributions from applicants may be used to fund work outside of South Australia, however the majority of the overall project effort must take place in South Australia.

Applications for the South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund are now open and will close at 5.00pm ACST on 17 May 2024.

Application forms must be submitted via the online form Late submissions will not be accepted.

For detailed information on the fund assessment and application process:

To submit your application:

  • 4 April 2024 – Grant fund announced
  • 15 April 2024 – Application portal opens
  • 23 April 2024 – Online information session
  • 17 May 2024 – Applications close
  • May – June 2024 – Assessment period
  • June 2024 – Applicants notified of outcome

For any queries, email spaceoffice@sa.gov.au.

Please include ‘South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund – (nature of the enquiry)’ in the subject line. A response will be provided within three business days.