Innovation Challenges

Expert Icon

Funding to establish a Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre in Western Australia (closed)

Australian Space Agency
This challenge has closed.
Tags: Space, Australian Civil Space Strategy, Australian Space Agency, Robotics, Automation, AI Command and Control Centre, Satellites
Audience: Businesses
Anticipated Funding: 4,500,000
Applications close: February 4, 2020
Last Updated: February 5, 2020 2:52 AM
Challenge image

The Challenge

The Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF) is a $19.5 million investment in seven infrastructure projects to drive the growth of Australia’s space sector.

The projects form an important element of the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028, primarily addressing the ‘National’ pillar to increase capability in the sector. They will be developed in locations across Australia, providing investment in multiple states and territories, and building upon Australia’s National Civil Space Priorities and strengths.

The Space Infrastructure Fund: Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre grant opportunity is an open, competitive grant opportunity that will establish the Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre in Western Australia. It will be a national facility, with the Australian space industry being a key user of the centre. It is not intended that the Australian Space Agency own or operate the centre.

The grant opportunity will support the development and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space, as well as Earth based activities that lead to the development of these capabilities in Australia. This includes:

  • robotic operation of on-orbit space assets 
  • automated command, control and management of robotic activities in space
  • on-orbit servicing of satellites
  • assisting in the delivery of technology necessary for object handling, manipulation and assembly of satellite parts, and gateways or off–Earth base construction equipment.

The project period is two years.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation, where your trading activities    
    • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or        
    • are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

We can only accept applications:

  • where you can provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding    
  • where you can provide an Accountant Declaration that confirms you are a trading corporation as defined in section 4.1 and can fund any project costs not met by the grant. 

Joint applications are acceptable providing the lead organisation is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

Check the full eligibility details in the grant opportunity guidelines.

Terms and Conditions

For complete details on the terms and conditions that governs 'Funding to establish a Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre in Western Australia' please refer to the website.

How to Apply

To submit an application to the 'Funding to establish a Robotics, Automation and AI Command and Control Centre in Western Australia' please refer to the website.

Want to know more or not sure where to start?
Click on the page most relevant to you or learn more about how you can get involved:


The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The Conversation Media Group
IP Australia
Clarivate Analytics
The Australian Research Council
ACT Government
Australian Access Federation
Australian National University
CBR Innovation Network
University of Canberra
University of Technology Sydney
Western Sydney University