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Defence Innovation Programs

The skills of the nation’s industrial and scientific research base are being sought to contribute to the defence force’s design and development of the next generation of war-fighting skills and equipment.

Once a company enters the Defence Industry supply chain it is also potentially eligible to claim one of the following Defence Innovation grants.

Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC)

Resourced with $230 million over ten years. CDIC offers an advisory service to enable SMEs to develop their business and skills in order to work with Defence, meet Defence innovation requirements, draw up proposals and access global supply chains. Following CDIC advisory services your company may be recommended to apply for a Capability Improvement Grant to further ready your business to work with Defence.

Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGT)

Resourced with $730 million over 10 years. NGT invites proposals for long-term projects which are aligned to science and research, in required categories, to turn early ideas on new defence technologies or approaches into innovations that can change Defence capabilities.

Defence Innovation Hub (DIH)

Is resourced with $640 million over ten years. DIH web portal is seeking to support projects from concept exploration and technology demonstration through to prototyping and ADF capability demonstration/ evaluation. At the end of this process, proven technologies and concepts will most likely be referred into the new military capability acquisition system.

Capability Improvement Grant

  • Competitive Grant
  • Min $4,000 to $240,000, up to 80% of the cost of the project. Capped at $240,00 per grantee in a 3-year period. Up to $9 million funds available over 3 years
  • SME’s that are a company or a trustee on behalf of a trust of up to 200 employees
  • Must have at least $5,000 eligible expenditure
  • Contribute
  • 20% of the eligible project value.
  • Must be applying to implement recommendations identified by your CDIC business adviser in your advisory service report to be eligible.
  • Eligibility link


Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grant

  • Grants provide businesses servicing the defence sector with upskilling and training opportunities to build skills capacity and capability to meet current or future Defence needs.
  • A grant between $5,000 and $500,000 to undertake various defence skills training activities.


Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant

  • Competitive Grant
  • Min $70,000 to $1.4, up to 70% of the cost of the project. Capped at $4.2 million in a 3-year period
  • To build capabilities aligned with Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability priorities.
  • SME’s that are a company or a trustee on behalf of a trust
  • Must contribute 30% of the eligible project value.

Projects activities can include:

  • buying, leasing, constructing, installing or commissioning of capital equipment including specialist software to enhance cyber security.

As they relate to the above activities, this can also include:

  • design, engineering and commissioning activities
  • workforce training and accreditations.

Eligibility link


Defence Global Competitiveness Grant

  • Competitive Grant
  • $24,000 to $240,00 for up to 80% cost of investing in projects that build export capability to build a stronger and more globally competitive Australian defence industry.
  • SME’s that are a company or a trustee on behalf of a trust of up to 200 employees

Projects activities can include:


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