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CRF awards new tranche of defence innovation grants

Five cross-industry defence ventures have secured funding to advance the development of new innovations in military technology.  

Five cross-industry defence ventures have secured funding to advance the development of new innovations in military technology.  

The Defence Innovation Partnership’s Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) has awarded grants totalling just under $750,000 to five R&D projects across South Australia.

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The grants include:

  • $149,894 for developing a virtual reality tool designed to manipulate digital human mannequins for evaluating ergonomics and human factors — led by the University of South Australia in partnership with the University of Adelaide and Kadego Engineering;
  • $149,957 for a framework for addressing design challenges in wargames — led by Flinders University with partners the Department of Defence, University of Adelaide, University of NSW and DEWC Systems;
  • $150,000 for deep sensing: machine learning-enhanced optical fibre hydrophone — led by the University of South Australia with partners the University of Adelaide, Acacia Systems and Arkwright Technologies;
  • $149,999 for developing neuroscience-based approaches to assessing and enhancing human cognitive performance in challenging operational environments — led by Flinders University with partners the University of South Australia, Technology for Education Solutions, Department of Defence (Army) and Department of Defence (Defence Science and Technology Group); and
  • $150,000 for advancing SOCRETIS (SOCial REasoning Tool and Interactive System): an AI-enabled collaborative reasoning aid for the information environment — led by the University of Adelaide with partners Insight Via Artificial Intelligence, University of South Australia and the Department of Defence.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall congratulated the recipients, noting the CRF’s contribution to the growth of defence collaboration between academia, industry, and government.

“To date, the Collaborative Research Fund has provided almost $3 million to 20 South Australian-based projects from a range of disciplines,” Premier Marshall said.

“A number of these projects have gone on to secure additional funding from other sources, including the Defence Innovation Hub, to continue their important work.

“These additional five projects from this year’s round of funding all have the potential to greatly benefit Australia’s Defence Force capability.

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The University of South Australia’s Dr Peter Schumacher, who currently leads the Studio for Complex Human Environment Design in the Australian Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments, said the R&D work has received strong interest from industry stakeholders.

“Industrial partners have expressed a strong interest for integrated digital design assessment tools that enable anthropometric assessment in the design process,” Dr Schumacher said.

“South Australia is home to a unique pool of collaborative expertise in integrated and virtual environments (University of South Australia), biomechanics and human modelling (University of South Australia and University of Adelaide), and virtual reality software development (Kadego-Cadgile).

“In addition, the main industrial partners in Lockheed Martin and Saab Australia have a local presence in the state. This project will support this great South Australian ecosystem.”

[Related: Local businesses secure grants to expand global defence footprint]

CRF awards new tranche of defence innovation grants
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