New Air Combat Capability - Industry Support Program (NACC-ISP)

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Provides Australian businesses and research organisations with matched funding of up to $1 million for Projects to help them enter export markets, secure domestic contracts and upskill their staff so they can win work with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a non-tax-exempt company, Australian University, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) or Publicly Funded Research Agency (PRFA)
  • have ownership, access to, or the beneficial use of any intellectual property necessary to carry out the projects under the JSF Program
  • be able to match the value of funding dollar for dollar (co-contribution required)
  • not be one of the companies engaged on the development of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications may be made at any time.

Contact information:

(03) 9268 7974

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Overview

The Departments of Defence and Industry, Innovation and Science deliver and manage the New Air Combat Capability – Industry Support Program (NACC-ISP). It aims to help defence industry businesses to improve their:

  • capability
  • competitiveness and
  • capacity for innovation

with regard to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project.

NACC-ISP will assist businesses that want to:

  • enter export markets
  • secure domestic contracts and
  • up-skill staff.

Three streams

The NACC-ISP offers Australian industry and research organisations three streams of assistance. Applicants must invest the same dollar value of the funding they are seeking.

Stream A: Grants of up to $1 million over a period of no more than 3 years (plus any approved extensions), for the development of new or improved JSF:

  • technology
  • product
  • process or
  • service.

Stream B: Grants of up to $250,000 over a period of no more than 18 months (plus any approved extensions), for the development of new or improved JSF:

  • technology
  • product
  • process or
  • service.

Stream C: Grants of up to $300,000 with no more than $100,000 per financial year, for a period of no more than 36 months for:

  • Australian universities
  • Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)
  • publicly funded research agencies (PFRAs) or
  • a company controlled by one of the above.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  1. be a certain type of entity
  2. have ownership, access to, or the beneficial use of, any intellectual property necessary to carry out the Project
  3. demonstrate their ability to fund the costs of the Project. (These are costs other than those covered by the Program funding)
  4. where the proposed project is to be undertaken by a consortium or a trust, comply with any additional application criteria
  5. not be one of the companies engaged on the development as a ‘JSF Prime’ and
  6. not be named by the Affirmative Action Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth).

Eligible entities

For Stream A and Stream B:

  • Non tax-exempt companies or
  • Australian Universities, CRCs or PFRAs.

For Stream C:

  • Non tax-exempt companies that are controlled by an Australian University, CRC or PFRA or
  • an Australian University, CRC or PFRA.

Merit criteria

The merit criteria are:

  1. need for funding
  2. commercial plan
  3. management capability
  4. market opportunity and
  5. national benefits.

Applicants need to address and provide evidence for each of the merit criteria. Only applications that demonstrate a high level of merit against the merit criteria will be successful.

How to apply

Before applying, potential applicants need to contact the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and speak with a Business Adviser on (03) 9268 7974.

Business Advisers will provide advice and guidance on:

  • the JSF industry opportunities available
  • understanding the capabilities sought by entities in the JSF supply chain
  • your eligibility
  • your project suitability and
  • draft applications.

Application forms are available from the Business Adviser and once complete be submitted to NACC-ISP@industry.gov.au.

How we assess applications

There are three main stages in the review of application:

  • At Stage 1 - AusIndustry will advise if your application is eligible for assessment.
  • At Stage 2 - the Program Delegate receives recommendations from the Review Panel.
  • At Stage 3 - the Program Delegate makes the final decision.

If your application is successful

Successful applicants will receive a letter of offer from AusIndustry. It will set out funding details and any conditions that you must address before entering a formal agreement. The obligations of the Funding Agreement are available at Appendix 6 of the Customer Guidelines.

You will receive an initial payment from the Department of Defence once you sign the Funding Agreement. This payment is based on expected expenditure for the first period of the Project. You cannot claim any expenditure before the ‘Project Start Date’ in the Funding Agreement.

Payments are subject to the completion of six monthly Progress Reports and evidence of satisfactory progress.

Further information on NACC-ISP payments is available in the Customer Guidelines.

If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing.

Key documents

  • Program guidelines
  • Customer guidelines
  • Sample application form

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