Government and Defence have identified that cyber technology as a priority theme of the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF), which is aimed at realising the potential game changing cyber capabilities afforded by research and development in Australia.
As potential state and non-traditional adversaries expand their own cyber capabilities, Defence recognises the need to respond to this technology opportunity, and that technological advances in the cyber domain are likely to lead to the introduction of new capabilities in our region.
The NGTF is currently seeking submissions from academia and eligible research agencies to contribute to the development of cyber technologies for Defence.
Defence aims to understand the potential of cyber technologies, create prototype systems, and demonstrate the practical application of systems to Defence problems. One of the goals of cyber technologies research is to inform Defence of the potential benefits and practical limitations of cyber technologies through studies and demonstrator systems within a three to five-year time frame.
Key areas of focus include:
- Trustworthy machine learning (high priority);
- Symbolic execution for rapid threat analysis (high priority);
- Formal verification of network control protocols (high priority);
- Data security and privacy of inference models (high priority);
- Detecting and analysing vulnerabilities in concurrent software (high priority);
- Resilient cyber systems (high priority);
- Depicting human vulnerabilities towards cyber threats via trust analytics (high priority);
- Privacy-preserving distributed edge computing (medium priority);
- Policy-defined networking (medium priority);
- SDN data plane security and extensions to software defined clouds (medium priority); and
- Cyber-enabled information warfare (medium priority).
Proposals submitted will be assessed equally against the following criteria:
- Alignment to Defence strategy and the project priorities articulated in this document;
- Future science criticality;
- Collaboration depth (e.g. collaboration with DST staff, Data61 staff, other universities, an industry partner, etc);
- Delivery of outcomes (e.g. the ability of the proposal to deliver the agreed outcomes and milestones); and
- Game changing potential to Defence.
Submissions must be limited to no more than 2,000 words. The closing date for submissions is 6 August 2018. More information, including the application form, is available here.