What is the Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment Grants?

The Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment Grant is an initiative to help Australian businesses to develop new or improved capabilities to win work in the sustainment phase of the Joint Strike Fighter Program.

 

Background

The Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program (JSF-ISP) was established in conjunction with approval from the Australian Government to acquire the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) under Project AIR 6000. This grant program is being funded utilising project funds from the Department of Defence under Project AIR 6000.

The Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment Grant is an initiative  to support Assigned-Product Support Providers (A-PSPs) to develop and implement their approved Depot Maintenance Activation Plan (DMAP). Through their plan they’ll become a Qualified F-35 Component Depot Source of Repair (DSOR) for maintenance and repair activities for existing components used in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

 

Funding

Grants from $50,000 up to $250,000 to fund up to 50% of eligible project expenditure for phase 1 and 2. Phase 3 and 4 funding will be determined by the Department of Defence in accordance with the amount outlined in your supporting business case.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • develop DMAP in alignment with the requirements outlined in the Depot Maintenance Development Plan (DMDP) including:
    • gap analysis
    • certifications
    • travel
    • cyber security
  • implement JPO approved DMAP and identify elements of support via projects including:
    • capital equipment acquisition
    • certifications
    • travel
    • training
    • cyber security
    • capability upgrades.

The Program Delegate may also approve other activities.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Assigned-Product Support Provider (A-PSP) developing and/or implementing a Depot Maintenance Activation Plan (DMAP)
  • 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 incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

You must be able to provide:

  • a congressional letter from the United States Department of Defense awarding your part number assignment and/or repair technology group
  • 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

 

Timing

Applications open on an ongoing basis.

 

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