The Sydney-based Defence Innovation Network has awarded $700,000 in Pilot Project grants to nine universities and industry research partners as part of the NSW Government’s initiative to support defence innovation.
The DIN Pilot Project Funding Scheme funds multi-institutional collaborative research projects of up to $200,000 with the intention to conduct a rapid feasibility study on new defence ideas and develop these ideas into concepts that can attract further investment.
This funding provides the opportunity to build collaborations and develop ground-breaking research capabilities in NSW that will equip the Australian Defence Force with the very best technologies available.
DIN says it received a large number of high-quality submissions addressing the five problem statements sourced from industry and Defence. The teams awarded Pilot Projects for 2020-21 are:
- GREACH: A Glass Breaching Device for Defence and Law Enforcement Applications – led by the University of Newcastle in collaboration with the University of Sydney.
- Optimising ADF military working dog performance – led by the University of Sydney in collaboration with Western Sydney University, University of New South Wales and Livestock Labs.
- Unravelling the mechanisms of aerosolised toxins – led by the University of Sydney in collaboration with Macquarie University and University of New South Wales.
- Enhanced detection, localisation and identification of sand-covered naval mines – led by University of Technology Sydney in collaboration with University of Wollongong,University of New South Wales and Naval Group.
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