Defence has awarded almost $6 million in research grants to deepen understanding of emerging science and technology to address intelligence and national security threats.
Minister for Defence Peter Dutton MP announced last week that eight Australian universities would receive funding for projects in the first round of the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program.
Ten grants have been awarded to The University of Queensland, The University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, Australian National University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, the University of Western Australia and The University of Adelaide.
Minister Dutton said the grants would enable researchers to further develop a range of promising technologies from a handheld device for detecting illegal drugs, to tools for detecting and countering disinformation.
The NISDRG enables the national intelligence and security communities to systematically engage with Australian researchers, ensuring Australia’s greatest minds are working together on some of the most important security challenges. The grants support research in line with the 2020 National Security Science and Technology Priorities
The NISDRG is jointly funded by Defence and the Office of National Intelligence, with the grants administration provided by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The ARC has long-standing expertise in grant administration through competitive peer review processes.
For further information regarding the NISDRG program visit: https://www.arc.gov.au/research-grants-services/arc-research-grants-services-rms-nisdrg