CSIRO launches new program to fast-track Australia’s space industry

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CSIRO is looking to accelerate growth in Australia’s burgeoning space industry with the launch of a new program for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the space sector.

Dubbed ‘Innovate to Grow: Space’, the program will support 20-25 SMEs with mentoring from some of Australia’s leading space experts, access to world-class research facilities and infrastructure, and support to navigate grant application processes.

CSIRO Space Research Program Director Dr Kimberley Clayfield said the free 10-week training program – which is supported by the Australian Space Agency – was designed to boost the innovation and take-up of research and development by Australian small businesses in industries with high innovation potential, like space, agrifood, plastic waste, net zero, and cybersecurity.

“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.”

Dr George Feast, CSIRO SME Collaboration Lead said the program was “built on rich foundations”.

“Innovate to Grow: Space is another example of how we’re working to develop innovative technologies and capabilities and support the growth of the Australian space industry,” Dr Feast continued.

“With so many incredible opportunities on offer here and globally, we’re committed to helping SMEs understand how to best engage with a R&D partner and understand how to get the most benefit for their needs.”

According to CSIRO’s statement, applications are open until 22 November. For more information, visit: www.csiro.au/innovatetogrow

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