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Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program – Production and Modernisation Grants

This grant provides Australian companies and institutions with funding to develop new or improved capabilities to win work in the production and modernisation phases of the Joint Strike Fighter Program.
Closes in 1435 days

Closing date: Friday 30 June 2028 5:00pm AEST Fri 30 Jun 2028 5:00pm AEST

What do you get?

Grants from $150,000 to $1.5 million to fund up to 50% of eligible project expenditure.

Who is this for?

An Australian company, university, research organisation or cooperative research centre.


This grant provides funding to develop new or improved capabilities to win work in the production and modernisation phases of the Joint Strike Fighter Program.

The intended outcomes are a strong, skilled and successful defence industry that:

  • is committed to increase, identify and make the most of business opportunities within Australia and overseas
  • has improved competitiveness by developing skills of the workforce, fostering innovation and boosting productivity.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be registered for the goods and services tax (GST).

You must be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an Australian university
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO)
  • a cooperative research centre.

You must provide:

  • evidence of ownership, access to, or the beneficial use of, any intellectual property necessary to carry out the project
  • evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • an Accountant Declaration that confirms you can fund your share of the project costs.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of ‘Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
  • income tax exempt
  • an individual
  • partnership
  • unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines
  • a Commonwealth, state, territory or local government body (including government business enterprises)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program – Production and Modernisation Grants

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • meet the eligibility criteria.
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We assess your application against the eligibility criteria. We refer eligible applications to a committee of members that have extensive knowledge of and/or experience in the defence procurement industries relevant to the JSF project. The committee may seek additional advice from independent technical experts.

The committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria before recommending which projects to fund.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

A senior executive within the Department of Defence will make the final decision.

We will only consider funding applications that score at least 50 per cent against each assessment criterion.

  • Assessment criterion 1 – Impact of the project (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2 – Market opportunity (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3 – Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 4 – Impact of the grant funding on your project (10 points)

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We’ll pay according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

pdf · 0.65 MB docx · 0.42 MB

Sample application form

pdf · 0.77 MB docx · 0.19 MB

Sample grant agreement

pdf · 0.95 MB docx · 0.16 MB

Board or CEO letter of support template

pdf · 0.02 MB docx · 0.06 MB

Project budget template

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Accountants declaration template

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