In opening the program to applications, the Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said Australia’s performance in space sciences and the related areas of engineering are strong. The recent Excellence in Research for Australia outcomes showed 85 per cent or more of the units assessed in these areas are world standard or above.  Australia is a serious contributor to space-related innovation and the Australian Space Research Program is allowing the strengthening of our capabilities and showcase them to the world.

Funding is available in two streams: education grants of between $200,000 and $1 million for university-led consortiums designed to encourage student participation in space-related study; and innovation grants of between $1 million and $5 million for consortia of Australian industry and researchers.

Potential applicants can register to attend information sessions in Sydney or Brisbane. For details on these sessions and information on how to apply, visit www.space.gov.au. Applications are open now and will close 3pm ADST, Thursday, 31 March 2011.

For more information about the Australian Government’s support for science and research, visit www.innovation.gov.au.