Ten Australian businesses will seek to solve some of Defence’s biggest capability challenges after they were awarded Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA) contracts totalling nearly $3 million.
The companies will respond to a range of identified Defence capability challenges, including cyber security, enhanced human performance, medical countermeasures, trusted autonomous systems, and integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the contracts provided important support for innovative Australian micro and small businesses focused on developing game-changing technologies for Australia’s defence.
The funding is part of Defence’s $36 million ICERA program, unveiled in August 2020, which forms part of the Next Generation Technologies (NGTF) initiative.
“The ICERA program expands on this Government’s support for small-and-medium businesses, enabling them to innovate and deliver cutting-edge capability to the ADF,” Minister Price said.
“These companies frequently demonstrate their ability to respond to the various capability challenges identified by Defence with agility and tenacity.”
The following final 10 ICERA partners will receive up to $300,000 each.
|NGTF Theme||Company Name||State/
|Enhanced Human Performance||Neoculi Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Medical Countermeasure Products||Regeneus Ltd||NSW|
|Enhanced Human Performance||Curve Tomorrow Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance||Vestia Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Trusted Autonomous Systems||AIM Defence||VIC
|Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance||Daronmont Technologies||SA|
|Enhanced Human Performance||Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd||SA|
|Trusted Autonomous Systems||DEWC Systems Pty Ltd||SA|