Space Infrastructure Fund – Space Payload Qualification Facilities

The Space Payload Qualification Facilities grant provides an Australian company or research institution with $2.5 million for the development of space payload qualification facilities to meet the needs of the Australian space industry.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Up to $2.5 million for up to 75% of your space payload qualification project costs.

Who is this for?

A single grant will be given to an Australian company or research institution who can provide high-level space qualification facilities in Australia.


The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • increase space qualification capability and capacity in Australia
  • improve the availability and coordination of space payload qualification in Australia
  • increase accreditation and international recognition of space payload qualification in Australia
  • meet the needs of the emerging space sector into the future.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must be one of the following entities:

  • 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
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO).

Joint applications are acceptable and encouraged, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • partnership
  • unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1
  • trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.


How do you apply?

The Space Infrastructure Fund - Space Payload Qualification Facilities is closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

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 define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. [The sample application form displays character limits.]

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

We will assess your application based on the following criteria.

  • how your project will improve space payload qualification in Australia (40 points)
  • your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)
  • the impact of grant funding (30 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 make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We’ll make subsequent payments after we have received and accepted the required report.

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

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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Project budget template

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Board CEO letter evidence of support template

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