Australian Space Research Program

About the Programme

The Australian Space Research Program awarded 14 competitive grants with a total of $40 million (excluding GST) over four years, ceasing in 2013. The grants programme supported space-related research, education and innovation activities.

The objective of the Australian Space Research Program was to develop Australia’s niche space capabilities by supporting space-related research, innovation and skills in areas of national significance or excellence.

For the purposes of the programme, the term 'space-related' did not include astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

To achieve the objective, the programme provided two types of grants, Stream A- Space Education Development grants and Stream B – Space Science and Innovation Project grants. 

Stream A - Space Education Development projects

Stream A supported student projects and education activities, including international education opportunities and the establishment of national space education programmes and centres of expertise for space education.

Stream A projects or educational activities were student-focused and involved space-related activities. 

Stream B - Space Science and Innovation projects

Stream B supported collaborative space research and innovation projects involving the development of Australia’s niche space capability in areas of strategic national priority. International collaboration was encouraged.

Stream B projects involved space-related activities.