Applications open for CSIRO space mentoring program

By on 10 November, 2021

Image credit: ESO/M.McCaughrean & M.Andersen (AIP)

CSIRO has opened applications for a new program for small-to-medium businesses working in the space sector.

Supported by the Australian Space Agency, CSIRO’s Innovate to Grow: Space program will support 20 to 25 small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) with mentoring from some of Australia’s leading space experts, including from CSIRO and the Space Agency, along with access to world-class research facilities and infrastructure and support to navigate grant application processes.

Innovate to Grow is a free 10-week training program designed to boost the innovation and take-up of R&D by Australian small businesses in industries with high innovation potential.

CSIRO Space Research Program Director, Dr Kimberley Clayfield, said collaboration is key to growing Australia’s space industry.

“CSIRO works with leading global companies, international space agencies and small-to-medium businesses on a variety of space-related activities,” Dr Clayfield said.

“SMEs have a lot to contribute and when combined with our strong capabilities in Earth observation, robotics, advanced manufacturing and communications, the sky is no limit to what we can achieve together.”

The Australian Space Agency aims to support Australia to significantly grow its domestic sector from around 10,000 jobs and a market size of $3.9 billion to up to another 20,000 jobs and $12 billion by 2030, with further jobs and economy growth from spill over effects.

Applications are open until 22 November.

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