SKA Pre-construction Grants Program

SKA Pre-construction Grants Program

On 7 December 2015, the Australian Government announced $293.7 million under the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) to support Australia's involvement in the SKA. The funding includes $7.6 million over two years (2016-17 and 2017-18) for a second round of grants to support Australian organisations involved as members of international consortia in the delivery of SKA work packages.

The key objectives for Round 2 of the SKA Preconstruction Grants Program are to:

    • Enable Australian organisations to develop the relevant resources and capabilities to significantly contribute to the design and technical process being conducted by the SKA Office in the preconstruction stage; and
    • Enhance and develop Australia's overall capability to participate in, contribute to and benefit from the SKA project across the extended project timeline.

The funding builds on the Australian Government's commitment of $18.8 million made under round 1 of the Program in 2013.

The recipients of Round 2 Preconstruction Grants can be found here.


As a member of the SKA Organisation, the Australian Government is responsible for supporting and resourcing the SKA Pre-construction Project. The Pre-construction Project involves the detailed development and design work needed to bring the SKA Project to the point that construction of the various elements can be procured.

The Pre-construction Project is to be implemented over the period 2013-2018. This will be achieved through work-packages undertaken by either:

    • The SKA Office, funded by SKA Organisation member contributions; or

    • Consortia of research and commercial partner organisations, resourced through in-kind contributions, relevant national funding Programs and other sources.

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