What is the Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants?

The Australian Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants is a program to help Australian businesses to build capacity to deliver products and services into domestic and/or international space industry supply chains that could support Moon to Mars activities.

 

Background

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 Initiative has three elements:

  • Supply Chain program: supporting Australian industry to deliver products and services into domestic and international space supply chains through two components:
    • Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants
    • Supply Chain Facilitation
  • Demonstrator program: demonstrator and pilot projects that showcase Australia’s strengths to the world
  • Trailblazer program: a major project supporting NASA’s activities to return to the moon and on to Mars.

 

Objectives

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.

 

Funding

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

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at accessing an identified domestic and/or international supply chain opportunity that has the ability to support Moon to Mars activities
  • align with priorities in the Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-28
  • have at least $333,334 in eligible expenditure (based on a minimum grant of $250,000).

Eligible activities must directly contribute to project outcomes and include, but are not limited to:

  • buying, leasing, constructing, installing or commissioning capital equipment, including specialist software to enhance cyber security design to required levels
  • non-recurring engineering associated with improving or qualifying a product, process or service to reach the standard of a supplier for a domestic and/or international space company
  • non-recurring engineering associated with improving or qualifying a product, process or service from an adjacent industry to support the space industry
  • building organisational capability or capacity to support engagement in international supply chains
  • engineering and commissioning activities
  • workforce training and accreditations.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • 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

We can only accept applications:

  • where you can provide clear evidence, for example a letter of intent or contract from your customer, that demonstrates you have a domestic and/or international space supply chain opportunity
  • where you can provide 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
  • where you can provide an accountant declaration that confirms you are a trading corporation and can fund your share of the project costs, including any ineligible expenditure. An accountant declaration template is available on business.gov.au and GrantConnect. If you do not use this template, you must include equivalent information and the declaration in your own document

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

 

Timing

Applications close 23 April 2023.

 

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