Federal and State Defence Funding Opportunities


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Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative
  • The Initiative is a collaborative project between the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) expertise and capability in areas of significant importance to the Australian defence and national security community.

    Individuals are invited to apply their skill and expertise to solve one of 10 AI and ML research and development related challenges.

  • Successful applicants will be provided with three-month funding of up to $20,000 per project

Next Generation Technologies Fund
  • This fund is set to invest about $1.2billion on research and development in emerging and future technologies. It focuses on 9 priority areas including Enhanced human performance, Trusted autonomous systems and Integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

  • $1.2billion

Advanced Manufacturing Fund
Innovation Connections
  • Innovation Connections helps businesses understand their research needs and opportunities. Funding allows businesses to undertake collaborative research projects.

  • Researcher Placement – up to a maximum of $50,000.
    Business Researcher Placement – up to a maximum of $50,000.
    Graduate Placement – up to $30,000.

Defence Innovation Hub
  • The Defence Innovation Hub invests in innovative Australian businesses which are developing technologies to enhance defence capability. It has committed to investing $800 million to 2030. Proposals can be submitted 365 days a year as the Hub runs an open call for proposals against defined innovation priorities.

  • $800 million in funding over the decade to 2030

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant
Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants
Defence Global Competitiveness Grant
  • This grant helps businesses invest in projects that boost their defence export capability, with the aim of creating a more sustainable, competitive and stronger Australian defence industry.

  • Grants of $24,000 – $240,000 available. Businesses will need to contribute 20% of the eligible project value.

Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grant
  • This grant funding is to provide training opportunities and skills development. It’s available for eligible SMEs including those who have a defence contract or are tendering for one. Defence industry associations who are training their own team or facilitating training may also be eligible.

  • Grants of between $5,000 -$500,000

Capability Improvement Grant
  • Businesses who’ve received a recommendation for improvements by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) can apply for the Capability Improvement Grant. This funding aims to improve business capability in the defence industry.

  • Grants of between $4,000 -$240,000

Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment Grants
Modern Manufacturing Initiative
Science Industry Endowment Fund: SIEF Ross Metcalf STEM + Business Fellowship Program


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Advance Queensland
  • Funding of $775 million is supporting programs that drive innovation, build on Queensland’s natural advantages and help raise our profile as an attractive investment destination. Mix of funding, programs and grants open to universities and researchers, small business, supporting industry and more.

  • $775 million

Backing Queensland Business Investment Fund
  • Created to support established small and medium businesses innovate, realise their potential, and promote job creation in Queensland. The BQBIF is dedicated to making direct investment in Queensland business and industry and is managed by QIC.

  • Ideal for businesses seeking investment of between $2.5 to $10 million.

Made In Queensland
  • The Made In Queensland program offers support for small to medium manufacturers. The program aims to increase productivity and innovation via the adoption of new technologies, as well as increasing international competitiveness.

  • Grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million available