Defence provides a range of grants to support industry. These grants assist Australian small and medium enterprises in expanding to meet Defence capability needs and join global defence industry supply chains.


  • The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grant, Defence Global Competitiveness Grant, and Skilling Australia‚Äôs Defence Industry programs are now closed.
  • Applications received prior to the last published closing dates are currently being progressed to assessment and selection stage. 
  • Defence has announced a new grant program which will launch in the first half of 2024. 
  • The Defence Industry Development Grant program will have dedicated streams for supporting eligible Australian businesses to develop their capabilities in relation to Sovereign Industrial Priorities, Exports, Skilling and Security.
    • The release of new Guidelines for the Defence Industry Development Grant will be notified on this website as well as GrantConnect and at

Grant programs

The table provides information on the available grant programs, including the link to the application. 

Grant program Details Status
Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program Sustainment
  • Phase 1 and 2 - up to $250,000 for Australian companies provided an assignment by the United States Government for maintenance and repair activities for existing components used in the Joint Strike Fighter Program
  • Phase 3 and 4 - funding to be determined by the Department of Defence under the amount outlined in your supporting business case
Joint Strike Fighter Industry Production and Modernisation
  • Between $150,000 and $1.5 million available for eligible businesses
  • Up to 50% of the project cost
  • For the development of new or improved capabilities that will win work in the production and modernisation phases of the Joint Strike Fighter Program
US-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
  • Up to $1 million per year over 3 years
  • Available to Australian universities involved in a successful submission to the US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program