Australia – Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships (EATP) Program

The EATP program is intended to encourage adoption of emerging aviation technologies (such as drones, electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft and new aviation propulsion systems) to address community needs, particularly in regional Australia.

The EATP Program will enable the Australian Government to partner with industry on the development and deployment of emerging aviation technology, and on research around enablers of such technology. It is intended partnerships will also bring together other parties as required to deliver projects, such as state and territory government agencies, local councils and communities.

Through these partnerships, industry will receive support to trial the deployment of new aviation technology and the Government will gain real-world experience and a valuable opportunity to test the regulatory frameworks needed for the sector as it grows. This will ultimately help ensure Australia is positioned to accommodate new aviation operations with increased technical complexity and at a greater scale.

The EATP Program will have an emphasis on Australian and international operators planning local investments and growing the Australian market. Partnerships between Government and industry to prove the viability of new services and operational concepts, conduct enabling research and to support the introduction of new aviation technology, will enable Australian technology developers and manufacturers to fast-track opportunities for their products.

The EATP program will have two rounds. The Round Two Grant Opportunity will likely be announced in 2022.


This grant opportunity is open for applications from individuals, partnerships, and incorporated bodies provided they have an Australian Business Number and are registered for the Goods and Services tax. This may include a foreign corporation that can demonstrate how funding will benefit the Australian emerging aviation sector and local businesses and communities, or a joint (consortia) application with an eligible lead organisation in partnership with (for example) a foreign corporation, or with a local government or state/territory government agency or body.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

To 30/06/2023 (likely to be extended)

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Instructions for Application Submission:

To apply for this grant opportunity please submit your application/s to:


Agency Engagement and Emerging Technology Programs Section,

via email to [email protected]

Other Instructions:

All applications must be received by 11:30pm AEDT on Thursday 31 March 2022

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