Other Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities from sources other than the Defence Innovation Partnership will be listed here as they become available.
 

Advanced Acoustic Materials Research Proposal

Advanced Acoustic Materials Research Proposal

Multidisciplinary materials is a priority theme of the Next Generation Technologies Fund, aimed at realising unprecedented and potentially game-changing capabilities enabled by developments in advanced materials. To this end Defence is proactively seeking to drive technological advances in acoustic materials, which will lead to an increase in platform survivability and operational effectiveness through a reduction in platform signatures.

The development of novel acoustic materials seeks to leverage acoustic science, materials science & engineering, technology and innovation across Australia to develop new technology solutions of relevance to Defence. The goal of this proposal is to inform Defence of the potential benefits and practical limitations of advanced acoustic materials through studies and delivery of prototype materials.

Prototype materials should demonstrate capabilities that are either unique to acoustic materials, or which are significantly superior to conventional materials. Furthermore, materials need to be feasible and have realistic maturation pathways.

Proposals due 8 February 2019.

Call for proposals: Intelligent Decision Superiority Research Network

Call for proposals: Intelligent Decision Superiority Research Network

The Next Generation Technologies Fund is inviting Australian universities and industry to participate in a new Intelligent Decision Superiority Research Network.

Masses of information are being communicated faster than ever before and Defence personnel need to identify credible material as quickly as possible to make better decisions to protect soldiers and the country.

This research network is aimed at developing automated systems to analyse, fuse and understand large volumes of data and free up Defence personnel to respond much faster to potential threats.

Defence is calling for proposals to develop and demonstrate systems with these capabilities.

Total funding of $1.5 million will be available over three years for the Intelligent Decision Superiority Research Network, managed by Defence Science and Technology under the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

Applications close 21 December 2018.

JOINT AUS UK CALL FOR DEFENCE RESEARCH

JOINT AUS UK CALL FOR DEFENCE RESEARCH

Research proposals are invited from small business and universities to help Defence devise novel ways of integrating advanced materials onto military platforms.

The funding is part of a joint initiative between Australia’s Defence Science and Technology and the United Kingdom’s Defence and Security Accelerator to uncover innovative joining technologies which address the challenging demands of the defence environment.

The technologies may include, for example, new adhesives to improve longevity in body armour, new methods for producing graded materials or advanced processes for integrating new joining techniques into existing structures.

Innovative joining solutions will provide enhanced capability through improved performance and increased durability.

Initial funding of up to $900,000 is available under the Next Generation Technologies Fund through the Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) program.

Applications close on 1 February, 2019.

 Further information is available SBIRD and DASA.

Call for Expressions of Interest: AVALON 2019 Innovation PitchFest

Call for Expressions of Interest: AVALON 2019 Innovation PitchFest

Innovative Australian companies and researchers participating in AVALON 2019 will get the opportunity to present their ideas, technologies and products to the Australian and international community.

Expressions of Interest are now open for defence, industry, start-ups and Publicly Funded Research Organisations (PFRO) to participate in the Innovation Pitchfest at Avalon 2019. This event will comprise a series of three minute “pitches” aimed at demonstrating Australian innovation, research collaboration and development strengths.
Participants in the three minute pitches must demonstrate:

  • Uniqueness and novelty (i.e. the innovation).
  • Application or end goal of the innovation.
  • Where future collaboration may be of benefit (and from whom).
  • Can be openly presented without fear of IP theft.
  • Can be explained in an engaging manner to a general audience in 3 minutes.
  • Avoid being seen simply as a sales pitch.

The pitch sessions are to be seen as an opportunity to showcase an innovative idea/technology application/product in in early stage of its development (pre-commercialisation) to an audience including Defence Primes, OEMs, Defence customers/users, research professionals, venture financiers  and critical/interested peers.  In providing this forum during the AVALON 2019 Trade Days participants can take advantage of an advertised event in a prominent area of the indoor exhibition, utilizing a fast-paced and engaging presentation approach to ensure audience attention for the entire duration of their presentation.   The final day of pitches will conclude with judging and the award of prizes.  Participants will be offered training, free of charge (excepting travel), in the art of the “Three Minute Pitch” (locations yet to determined).

The prize-giving ceremony will be integrated with the presentation of the AVALON 2019 Innovation Awards at 4.15pm on Wednesday 27 February.

If you have questions please contact Craig Butler: (craig.butler@defencescienceinstitute.com)

Click here to register your interest.

Applications close late January 2019 or until the event is fully subscribed.  

Defence Innovation Hub

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

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

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.

Apply for a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant

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

Innovation Connections

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

Accelerating Commercialisation

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

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.