Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants

The Australian Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants provide Australian businesses with grant funds to build capacity to deliver products and services into domestic and/or international space industry supply chains that could support Moon to Mars activities.
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Closes in 24 days

Closing date: Tuesday 16 July 2024 5:00pm AEST Tue 16 Jul 2024 5:00pm AEST

Applications for each intake will close as follows:

  • Intake 6 on Thursday 3 March 2022 at 11.59pm AEDT.
  • Intake 7 on Thursday 16 June 2022 at 11.59pm AEST.
  • Intake 8 on Thursday 15 September 2022 at 11.59pm AEST.
  • Intake 9 on Tuesday 20 December 2022 at 11.59pm AEDT.
  • Intake 10 on Wednesday 2 May 2023 at 11.59pm AEST.
  • Intake 11 on Tuesday 16 July at 5pm AEST.

What do you get?

Grants from $250,000 up to $1 million to fund up to 75 per cent of eligible project expenditure.

Who is this for?

Australian businesses with a demonstrated domestic and/or international space supply chain opportunity.

Overview

The Australian Moon to Mars Initiative forms an important element of the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028 and supports Australian businesses and researchers to join NASA’s inspirational endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then go on to Mars.

The Australian Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants support Australian businesses with domestic or international supply chain opportunities by providing grant funds for building their capacity, skills and capabilities.

The objectives of the Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants are to:

  • grow Australian industry’s capability and capacity to support NASA’s endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then on to Mars
  • grow the participation of Australian companies in domestic and/or international space supply chains that could support Moon to Mars activities
  • grow the skills, capabilities and capacity of the Australian space industry.

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.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • be an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation, where your trading activities:
  • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
  • are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

You can’t apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s website on the 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
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • a Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government body (including government business enterprises)
  • a publicly funded research organisation
  • a privately funded research organisation
  • a corporate or non-corporate Commonwealth entity.
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).

Partner with other organisations

You can partner with one or more other organisations that also meet the eligibility criteria. But you must decide who the lead organisation is.

The lead organisation must fill out the application form.

If we give your group the grant, the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement.

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

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete. You can’t correct a mistake.

First we check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Then we assess your application against the assessment criteria.

The assessment criteria are a set of rules that describe how we must assess each application.

We give each criterion a certain number of points.

We’ll decide whether to award you the grant based on the total number of points we give your application.

  • Assessment criterion 1: How your project will grow your skills, capability and capacity to participate in domestic and/or international space industry supply chains (50 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3: The impact of grant funding (30 points)

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The Head or Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency makes the final decision.

Apply now for the Moon to Mars Initiative Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants – intake 11

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample application
  • read the grant agreement.
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Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

See our customer portal's frequently asked questions to help with your queries. If you can't find your answer, contact us for assistance.

If you submit your application before the close date you can retrieve it any time to make changes. But you must submit it again before the close date.

We can’t consider the application you submit after the close date under any circumstances.

Information sessions

A webinar was conducted on Monday 7 September by the Australian Space Agency and the Moon to Mars Program Delivery Team. The webinar provides program information and can be viewed on the Australian Space Agency’s YouTube channel. The presentation [PDF 5.12 MB] is available to view.

For more information on key questions raised, please go to the Frequently asked questions document in the Key documents section.

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