South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund

South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund

What is South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund?

The South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund provides up to $100,000 to South Australian-based start-ups or SMEs for projects that deliver space capability with a clear commercial pathway. The grant focuses on proof-of-concept or delivery of space capability and requires collaboration with at least one international partner. Matched funding from applicants is necessary, aiming to enhance the state’s space sector through innovative projects.


Background

The South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund is designed to boost the South Australian space ecosystem by fostering rapid technological transition to operational use and encouraging international collaboration. The fund provides up to $100,000 for projects that advance space capability with commercial potential. By supporting local start-ups and SMEs in collaboration with global partners, the program aims to enhance technological innovation and expand South Australia’s footprint in the international space sector.


Objectives

The objectives of the South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund are to:

  • Support the rapid transition of space technology to operational use.
  • Grow the South Australian space ecosystem through strategic international collaborations.
  • Encourage local start-ups and SMEs to develop space capabilities with clear commercial pathways.
  • Enhance South Australia’s role in the global space economy by fostering relationships with international partners.


Eligible Entities

Applicants for the South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund must meet the following criteria to be eligible under the program:

  • South Australian-based start-ups or SMEs as the Lead Organisation.
  • At least one international Partner Organisation.
  • Applicants must have a substantial operational presence in South Australia.
  • The Lead Organisation and international partners are required to contribute matched funding (cash or in-kind) with a minimum of 10% in cash.

Eligible Expenditure

The eligible expenditure for the South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund are:

  • Employment of personnel to work on the project.
  • Purchasing necessary hardware and software.
  • Costs related to accessing required research infrastructure.
  • Direct travel expenses associated with the project.
  • Other specific activities deemed essential for project success, assessed on a case-by-case basis.


Funding

Eligible South Australian start-ups and SMEs can apply for grants up to $100,000 each, with a requirement for 1:1 matched funding that includes at least 10% in cash from the international partner.


Eligible Activities

Eligible expenditure for the South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund   includes:

  • Proof-of-concept work for space capability development
  • Commercialisation of space technology
  • Collaborative projects with international space technology partners
  • Development and delivery of new space capabilities with clear commercial paths
  • Initiatives that enhance the operational use of space technology in relevant sectors


How to get South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund  

In order to get the South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund   you will need to focus on:

  • Clearly Define the Project’s Commercial Goals – Outline how the project will develop and commercialise space capabilities.
  • Establish Strong International Partnerships – Collaborate with at least one international partner to enhance project scope and impact.
  • Emphasise Innovation in Space Technology – Projects should introduce new technologies or significantly improve existing ones.
  • Demonstrate Project Viability and Scalability – Show clear, feasible plans with potential for growth in the space sector.
  • Highlight South Australian Impact – Ensure the project benefits South Australia’s space industry development.
  • Provide Detailed Budget and Funding Match – Include comprehensive financial planning with matched funding details.
  • Show Technical and Operational Feasibility – Prove that project plans are practical and technically sound.
  • Illustrate Clear Commercial Pathways – Explain how the project will reach market and achieve commercial success.
  • Support with Robust Documentation – Back your application with strong evidence and clear documentation.
  • Engage with Relevant Stakeholders – Involve key community and industry stakeholders to support project success.


Timing

The closing date for the South Australian Space Collaboration and Innovation Fund is 17 May 2024.


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