The $70.3 million Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund (CSSPIF) forms part of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 and was developed in recognition that skilled cyber professionals are essential for keeping Australians secure online, and to underpin government and industry capability and capacity.
- Each application must be a joint application with a lead organisation (who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply), and at least one other project partner; and
- The lead organisation must be an entity incorporated in Australia, an incorporated association, or an incorporated not-for-profit organisation.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CSSPIF ROUND 2 PROGRAM ARE TO:
- Increase diversity in the cyber security workforce;
- The creation of new and innovative ways to improve the quality and quantity of cyber security professionals in Australia; and
- Improve collaboration between industry and the education sector to build the quality and availability of cyber security professionals.
The CSSPIF Round 2 will provide co-funded grant amounts of between $250,000 to $3,000,000 with the grant amount to be up to 50% of eligible project expenditure.
The grant opportunity will support projects that are aimed at improving the availability, quality, or pipeline of skilled cyber security professionals by enhancing partnerships between industry, employers, schools, and tertiary providers.
Innovative new projects may include:
- Developing and delivering specialist cyber security courses for professionals;
- Retraining initiatives to help existing professionals in other disciplines transition to cyber security roles;
- Establishing cyber labs, training facilities, and cyber simulators; and
- Any other innovative ideas to meet the cyber security needs for businesses.