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Space Infrastructure Fund – Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Command and Control Centre


The Space Infrastructure Fund: Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Command and Control Centre grant opportunity will award a single grant of up to $4.5 million over three years, to establish the Robotics, Automation and AI command and Control Centre (the Centre) in Western Australia.

The Centre will support the development and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space, as well as Earth based activities that lead to the development of these capabilities in Australia.

Open

Close date: 18 Feb 2020 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

A grant of up to $4.5 million dollars, awarded to a single successful applicant.

Who is this for?

Australian businesses with the capacity to establish the Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre.

Overview


The Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF) is a $19.5 million investment in seven infrastructure projects to drive the growth of Australia’s space sector.

The projects form an important element of the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028, primarily addressing the ‘National’ pillar to increase capability in the sector. They will be developed in locations across Australia, providing investment in multiple states and territories, and building upon Australia’s National Civil Space Priorities and strengths.

The Space Infrastructure Fund: Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre grant opportunity is an open, competitive grant opportunity that will establish the Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre in Western Australia. It will be a national facility, with the Australian space industry being a key user of the centre. It is not intended that the Australian Space Agency own or operate the centre.

The grant opportunity will support the development and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space, as well as Earth based activities that lead to the development of these capabilities in Australia. This includes:

  • robotic operation of on-orbit space assets
  • automated command, control and management of robotic activities in space
  • on-orbit servicing of satellites
  • assisting in the delivery of technology necessary for object handling, manipulation and assembly of satellite parts, and gateways or off–Earth base construction equipment.

The project period is two years.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • 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 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 as defined in section 4.1 and can fund any project costs not met by the grant.

Joint applications are acceptable providing the lead organisation is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

Check the full eligibility details in the grant opportunity guidelines.

Applying


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

The guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including the:

  • grant objectives
  • eligibility and assessment criteria
  • assessment processes, reporting and acquittal requirements
  • review mechanisms

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for the Space Infrastructure Fund: Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Command and Control Centre grant opportunity

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • read the grant agreement

Need help?

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

Open: Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement – standard

Accountants declaration template

Independent audit report template

Project budget template

Frequently asked questions

Board or CEO letter template