What is the Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment Grants?
The Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program – Sustainment Grant is a program that provides Australian businesses with funding to develop new or improved capabilities to win work in the sustainment phase of the Joint Strike Fighter Program.
The Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program (JSP-ISP) – Sustainment Grant assists Assigned-Product Support Providers (A-PSPs) to develop and implement an approved Depot Maintenance Activation Plan (DMAP). An approved DMAP is required to become a Qualified F-35 Component Depot Source of Repair (DSOR) for maintenance and repair activities for existing components used in the JSF.
A-PSPs are Australian companies assigned by the United States Government as a regional or global Depot Source of Repair (DSoR) capability for a specific Repair Technology Group (RTG). RTGs provide maintenance, repair, over haul and upgrade (MRO&U) services for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
A-PSPs must have an approved DMAP in order to qualify as a DSOR.
The JSF-ISP Sustainment Grants will provide support for Australian companies to take advantage of ongoing opportunities to open up markets for aircraft component repair and cement Australia as a key strategic partner in the global F-35 enterprise.
Up to $4 million of funding is available over four years:
- Between $50,000 to $250,000 per Repair Technology Group (RTG) for A-PSPs developing their DMAP under phases 1 and 2 of the DSOR activation timeline.
- For A-PSPs that are implementing their Joint Program Office (JPO) approved DMAP under phases 3 and 4 of the DSOR Outside Continent of the United States (OCONUS) activation timeline, grant amounts will be pre-determined in accordance with the amount outlined in the supporting Business Case by the Department of Defence.
The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project expenditure (grant percentage).
To be eligible your project must:
- develop DMAP in alignment with the requirements outlined in the Depot Maintenance Development Plan (DMDP) including:
- gap analysis
- cyber security
- implement JPO approved DMAP and identify elements of support via projects including:
- capital equipment acquisition
- cyber security
- capability upgrades.
The Program Delegate may also approve other activities.
This grant opportunity is only available to Australian companies that have been provided an assignment by the United States Government as a regional or global Depot Source of Repair (DSoR) capability for a specific Repair Technology Group (RTG).
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
Applications open on an ongoing basis.