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Defence Science Institute promotes US opportunities

The Defence Science Institute in Melbourne has alerted members to two US R&D opportunities. In the first, the US Air Force’s Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) is working with its close neighbour, the Air Force Research Laboratory on the first of three US$1 Million USAF challenges.  This challenge is focussed on the use of biotechnology to create products or product precursors required by the USAF. Participants are required to submit white papers on the viability of the approach to bio-synthesise two molecules, A and B needed for aerospace thermosets.

Submissions close Monday 15 June.

In the second opportunity, the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) is seeking innovative ideas, good practices and collaborative opportunities in Australia as part of its efforts to promote naval safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are sought from companies and researchers with proposals to address key topics:

  • Science and technology efforts to improve cleaning, decontamination and general shore maintenance of Naval vessels
  • Shore maintenance operational best practices
  • Best practices for delivering supplies or equipment to ships and submarines
  • Any innovation to safeguard sailors at sea and ashore

Any Australian companies or research teams that are interested in pursuing these opportunities please contact the Defence Science Institute at

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