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The AustCyber Projects Fund (closed)

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Owner: AustCyber
Tags: Cloud computing, Internet of Things, IoT, Machine learning, Big data, data analytics, Cyber security, AustCyber, Australia only, Innovation, Fund matching, Cyber-physical systems
Anticipated Funding: TBA
Expressions of Interest close: July 12, 2019
Last Updated: July 14, 2019 10:35 PM
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The Challenge

The AustCyber projects fund is a $15 million, three year initiative to help the Australian cyber security industry grow and take ideas global. Over the last 12 months, AustCyber has provided $6.5 million in funding for 10 projects that are making a real contribution to growing Australia's cyber security ecosystem.

In 2019, up to another $8.5 million will be awarded to fund additional industry led projects that deliver on the goals of the Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan.

The Projects Fund has been established to provide matched funding to industry-led projects which address specific merit criteria. Projects may also address a specific sector challenges that seek to provide core infrastructure for the sustained growth of Australia's cyber security sector.

How much project funds are available in Round 2?

In 2019, up to another $8.5 million will be awarded to fund additional industry led projects that deliver on the goals of the Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan.

The maximum amount of project funds to be awarded through this process is AUD$8,400,000 for this round. Match funding for projects can be between AUD$100,000 and AUD$3,000,000.

The funding amount for each project will be up to 50% of eligible project costs. The amount awarded will be relative to the project size and complexity, and the extent that it meets the merit criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible the applicant must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be non tax-exempt
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • be operating as a viable business for a minimum 12 months

and be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

Joint applications are acceptable, provided there is a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project, and the lead applicant is eligible to apply.

Additional eligibility requirements

Applicants must have access to, or ownership of, the intellectual property (IP) necessary to conduct the Project should it be required.

Project participants must demonstrate the financial capacity to complete the project. This must be demonstrated through the provision of financial evidence during the full application stage of the process. The portion of funding provided by AustCyber Project Funds will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

For complete details on the eligibility criteria that governs the AustCyber Projects Fund please refer to the website.

Terms and Conditions

To be accepted for funding, applicants will need to address all merit criteria in their EOI application. AustCyber will assess applications against the merit criterion using a scoring framework.

Project Fund EOIs that progress to the full Project Application stage will be asked additional questions that relate to the merit criteria listed below. The amount of detail and supporting evidence the applicant provides should be relative to the project size, complexity and project amount requested. The applicant should provide evidence to support their answers.

As a merit-based program, funding will only be awarded when Project Applications score satisfactorily against all merit criteria at each stage of the process.

Merit Criterion 1

Technology Readiness Level (TRL). The AustCyber Project Fund can be used for early stage development of new technologies and products. Projects should start at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4 or higher. Projects at a lower TRL will not be considered. Projects can also provide a solution that addresses a specific industry problem. Projects that are addressing an identified industry problem must demonstrate a TRL of no less than 5 and finish at 8 or higher.

If your project proposal is not technical in nature and is therefore unable to demonstrate a TRL then please consult AustCyber at

Merit criterion 2

Alignment with the Knowledge Priorities of Australia's Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan. AustCyber led research identified several Knowledge Priorities in line with the current and foreseeable needs and opportunities for industry research and commercialisation in the Australian cyber security sector. These are:

  1. Emerging prevention, detection and response technologies
  2. Identity, authentication and authorisation in the cyber domain
  3. Ensuring security, privacy, trust and ethical use of emerging technologies and services such as
    1. Cloud computing relevant
    2. Cyber-physical systems, including the Internet of Things, robotics, self-driving cars etc.
    3. Machine learning
    4. Big data and data analytics
    5. Mobile applications
  4. Approaches to deal with the increasingly 'shared' responsibility of cyber security

Detailed Information on AustCyber Knowledge Priorities can be found here.

Merit criterion 3

National benefit. AustCyber has identified a need to develop certain infrastructure to sustain the growth of the cyber security sector. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how the project proposal will benefit Australia and or the broader Australian cyber security sector after project completion. The Project should have the potential to generate significant spill overs and develop world best commercial activity. Responses should demonstrate:

  • The level of potential impact and contribution to the growth of the ecosystem
  • Creating a champion for the sector and showcasing Australian capability both domestically and internationally
  • Creating a pathway for growth for other cyber security companies
  • Level of innovation / emerging technology

For complete details on the terms and conditions that governs the AustCyber Projects Fund please refer to the website.

How to Apply

To submit and expression of interest to the AustCyber Projects Fund please refer to the website.

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