Moon to Mars Initiative Demonstrator Mission Grants

The Demonstrator Mission grant opportunity provides funding to Australian industry and research institutions focusing on Phases C to F mission development activities for current and existing space projects.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants from $750,000 to $10,000,000 for space projects.

Grant amount will be up to 75% of eligible project expenditure. 

Who is this for?

Australian businesses and publicly funded research organisations.


The $150 million Australian Moon to Mars initiative (the initiative) supports Australian businesses and researchers to join NASA’s inspirational endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then go on to Mars. Investment focuses in Australia over a five-year period, commencing in 2020-21.

The initiative forms an important element of the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028. It primarily addresses the National and International pillars to:

  • open doors for Australian businesses and researchers to access international space supply chains
  • create jobs in Australia and support the growth of industries across the economy through the development and application of space technologies.

Through this, Australian organisations will join with NASA and other international partners to bring Australian capabilities to space, the Moon, Mars and beyond.

The objectives of the program are:

  • support Australia’s ambitions to join NASA’s endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then go on to Mars
  • accelerate the growth of the Australian space industry
  • build Australian space capability and capacity
  • lift Australian involvement in national and international supply chains
  • inspire the Australian public.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • Australian involvement in international space programs and missions that support Moon to Mars activities
  • increased growth of Australian space businesses
  • an increase in Australia’s space capability
  • increased exports
  • increased access to national and international supply chains
  • strengthened relationships between international agencies and the Australian Space Agency
  • increased employment in STEM related and highly skilled fields
  • increased community engagement in space activities.

Information session

Moon to Mars Initiative Demonstrator Mission Grants webinar

This webinar was recorded on Thursday 17 February 2022. It provides an overview to the grant opportunity and discussed eligibility requirements, key points from the assessment criteria and some general tips for presenting a strong application.


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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample grant agreement

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Board and CEO letter template

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Technical manager letter template

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Project budget template

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Project partner letter template

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Project proposal guidance

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Project proposal template

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