Victoria’s Defence Science Institute established challenge to support defence with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear mitigation technologies.
Victoria's Defence Science Institute (DSI) has established the DSI Hazardous Agent Challenge (DSI-HAC), to support technological innovation in defence and bolster Australia's defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents.
Backed by the Next Generation Technologies Fund, the DSI-HAC will broaden Australia's defensive capabilities by creating sensing and human resilience technologies.
Dr David Kershaw, chief of the Science Engagement and Impact Division, Defence Science and Technology Group at the Department of Defence, outlined that the challenge was a critical step to broadening Australia's defence capabilities.
“Innovative advances in technology are crucial to boosting Defence’s contribution to national security in response to potential threats. This initiative highlights the value of collaborating with Australia’s industrial and academic sectors to support Defence and strengthen our sovereign knowledge base,” Dr Kershaw said.
The DSI-HAC is focused on building national collaboration and will provide up to $1 million to sensing and human resilience prototypes that are deemed "ground breaking".