The Defence Innovation Network offers up to $200,000 of funding to support collaboration between member universities, industry and Defence. Pilot Projects should demonstrate high potential to satisfy an existing or emerging Defence capability need or defence industry need.
In 2019-20, the DIN Pilot Project grant scheme has $650,000 of funding available. In June 2019, the NSW DIN hosted a number of workshops attended by representatives from ADF, DST Group and industry. The workshops delivered various problem statements, which are the subject of this call.
Submissions are invited by university researchers for proposed collaborative research grants. DIN will provide funding support for a limited number of proposals that directly address these problem statements and demonstrate the best team fit and inter-university collaboration.
DIN Pilot Project Funding Scheme aims to conduct a rapid feasibility study on new ideas for Defence and develop these ideas into concept or technology that can attract further investment from the government or industry.
All applicants are expected to communicate with their university co-ordinator to ensure that they have optimum visibility of progress and intended submissions. Applicants are expected to get in touch with the problem originator, during the proposal drafting stage, to ensure the clarity of the objectives of the problem and alignment with end-user requirements.
DIN is seeking to respond to a number of problem statements, including:
- Soldier navigation in GPS-denied environments;
- Soldier data analytics;
- Soldier cognitive performance;
- AI-enabled wargaming;
- Laser-based corrosion management for naval platforms;
- Sensor for JORN;
- Miniaturised active radar; and
- Self-aware artificial intelligence navigation and control system.