SECOND & THIRD CALL | Intelligent Decision Superiority Research Network
Intelligent Decision Superiority (i-DS) is a program of work that, through automation and artificial intelligence, aims to improve the quality and speed of the processing, dissemination, exploitation, analysis, fusion and integration of ISR and real-time tactical systems data and information to provide decision superiority to the ADO.
The i-DS Research Network is an initiative under the Next Generation Technologies Fund that seeks to engage academia, industry and other government research agencies in research activities across a range of focus areas. The focus of this call is Human and AI interaction and Distributed Multi-Domain Networks.
Applications Close: 03 December 2019 4:30 pm (ACT Local Time)
BAE Innovation Challenge ‘Digital Shipyard Track and Trace in the Age of I4.0
The BAE Innovation Challenge ‘Digital Shipyard Track and Trace in the Age of I4.0’ is now live and open for submissions.
There are two themes:
- Augmented Industry 4.0 heavy manufacturing at the work cell
- Shipyard-level location and condition
Supporting documentation and other info is at the link below.
Submissions close: 27 November 2019.
SECOND CALL | Modelling Complex Warfighting (MCW) Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) 2019 EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:
Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD) and the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) are launching the second Modelling Complex Warfighting (MCW) Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) call to academia. Expressions of interest should be submitted by 11:59pm (EDST) on the 25th of November 2019. The projects will be for a period of 12 months commencing in January 2020.
Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD) undertakes rigorous, scientifically-based analysis of Defence operations and capabilities to provide independent, impartial and timely advice. Our Mission is to develop and employ trusted analytical methods and decision support tools that give Defence and national security decision superiority across all aspects of force design, operational planning, command and control, and support to the Australian Defence Force on operations.
The MCW SRI expressly seeks to revolutionise how we undertake Operations Research (OR) in DST to better handle the interaction of complex geopolitical, social, technological, economic and cultural factors for design of the Future Force. Force design is the process by which Defence conceives and produces a plan for its future capabilities. More information on the MCW SRI can be found at the following link https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/partner-with-us/university/modelling-complex-warfighting-strategic-research-investment.
In 2017 the MCW SRI placed a call for proposals, which resulted in a formation of an informal network of Australian universities supporting Defence decision making. In this call we seek to draw on this network to support Defence clients.
Defence is seeking research to inform our understanding of future complex operating environments and strategic security challenges. The outcomes of this work will be of interest to a range of Defence stakeholders in the Strategic Centre and operational planning communities. Research proposals are invited in response to the following topics:
1. Valuing Dependencies
Selecting a subset of options or projects from a collection of possibilities each with given values and costs, and within a total cost budget is a typical portfolio problem corresponding to the Knapsack problem in mathematics. If however there are synergies between pairs of options then this can be modelled by adding values to links between options, and the corresponding subset selection problem within a total cost budget is called the Quadratic Knapsack problem. How do we meaningfully determine the link values in comparison to the node (option) values?
2. Understanding Future Robustness
The idea of Feasible Scenario Spaces has been proposed as a way of understanding the futures that a given force option is able to address with acceptable risk. This and other measures of future robustness are critical to understanding the ability to deal with an irreducibly uncertain future. However, these theoretical approaches need to be operationalised to allow them to be applied in practice. How can we measure the ability of a force option to deal with possible futures?
3. Dimensioning the Future Joint Warfighting Space
To better understand the conditions under which the ADF may need to operate there is a need to dimensionalise the future joint warfighting space. This would be an extension of the work conducted more than 10 years ago by Pincombe et al (see attached file on the right) in which they dimensionalised the Future Land Warfare space. It would also extend this work by determining the priority of the dimensions and dimension elements when looking at given aspects of whole of force design. What are the critical dimensions of the future joint warfighting space for whole of force design?
Universities are welcome to submit multiple proposals to either or all components of this call, and the Commonwealth reserves the right to fund all or none of the topic areas.
Further details about these topics and the call for Expressions of Interest are available on the Defence Science and Technology website.
Applications close: 25 November 2019
Defence Innovation Hub
The Defence Innovation Hub is an initiative of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement and will invest around $640 million over the decade to 2025-26 in maturing and further developing technologies that have moved from the early science stages into the engineering and development stages of the innovation process. It is an exciting initiative that will pull together research institutions, academia, industry and innovative technologies.
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Supported by the Commonwealth Government, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is calling for Australian manufacturers to submit their project ideas, with the new $4 million Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF) to help take their concepts to the next level.
Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant
Defence-related businesses may be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence’s stated Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.
The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants aim to ensure Australian businesses have the capacity and resilience to support Defence’s most critical capabilities.
To be eligible for this grant, you must be an Australian small-to-medium sized business. Grants may be used to fund capital equipment (including specialist software and security infrastructure), design and engineering, or workforce training and accreditations. Grants range from $50,000 to $1 million and are provided on a 50:50 matched funding basis. Decisions about investment will be driven by Defence capability needs.
Innovation Connections provides small and medium sized businesses with access to expert technology advice to address technology and knowledge gaps, and collaborate with the research sector in developing new ideas with commercial potential. Support includes up to $50,000 in matched funding to work on collaborative projects.
Accelerating Commercialisation provides businesses with access to expert advice and matched funding of up to $1 million to cover eligible commercialisation costs to help them to take novel products, processes and services to market.
Incubator Support - Expert-in-Residence
Incubator Support - Expert-in-Residence provides business incubators with grants of up to $100,000 to access top quality research, managerial and technical talent through incoming and outgoing secondments of national or international experts. This expertise aims to increase the capabilities of incubators and improve the chance of commercial success for start-ups in international markets.