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ON Prime5 applications are open

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ON Prime: Defence offers a unique opportunity to apply your science or tech research to Australia’s national security and defence.

Powered by CSIRO and delivered in partnership with Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) under the Next Generation Technologies Fund, ON Prime5 will be run nationally starting September 2018.


ON Prime: Defence is a part-time pre-accelerator experience that gives researchers a unique opportunity to fast-track their science or technology proposition with expert guidance from those who have been there and done it before.

Applications are open until Friday, 13 July 2018. 

Participants will be integrated with their local ON Prime cohort, in their closest capital city hub, and invited to attend an exclusive national session, expressly designed for all ON Prime: Defence participants from across the country. Applicants just need to do is indicate that they are on a research team working on a Defence technology on the ON application form.

At Prime, teams will test paths for IP, know-how or technology through a process of customer discovery and market validation, to help build entrepreneurial and business model capabilities. You'll ensure you're working on the right problems, targeting the right markets and capitalising on the best opportunities.

It's free to participate and all IP and equity remains the property of the participating team or their sponsoring institute. 

CSIRO and DST are looking for innovative technologies that have the potential to deliver game-changing capabilities for Australia's national security and defence. Teams working on technologies that address the following priority areas with the potential for dual-use applications in the commercial market are highly encouraged to apply:

  • Integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Space capabilities
  • Enhanced human performance
  • Medical countermeasure products
  • Multidisciplinary material sciences
  • Quantum technologies
  • Trusted autonomous systems
  • Cyber
  • Advanced sensors
  • Hypersonics
  • Directed energy capabilities

All ON accelerator experiences are open to teams with at least one research employee from CSIRO, Australian universities or Australia's publicly funded research agencies (PFRA). The research employee may be full-time, part-time or a casual employee of a PFRA.

More information about ON Prime5 is available here, while application forms are available here.

ON Prime5 applications are open
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