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.

Coming soon

Opens in 51 days

Opening date: 14 Mar 2022 09:00 AM AEDT

Closing date: 01 Jul 2022 05:00 PM AEST

What do you get?

Grants from $750,000 to $10,000,000 for space project studies.

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

Who is this for?

Australian businesses and publicly funded research organisations.

Overview


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.

Check if you can apply


You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply


Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

When the online form is available, 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.

Applying


Applications for the Moon to Mars Demonstrator Mission Grants open on 14 March 2022.

Funding to help Australian businesses and research institutions complete space projects


Further guidance


Contact


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Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines