Maritime Electronic Warfare Capability: Call for Expressions of Interest
Late last year the Commonwealth released a Request For Information (RFI) seeking to understand the sovereign industry capacity and maturity that is available to support delivery of the Modernisation of Maritime Electronic Warfare Program. Although the RFI had a good response the criteria to respond may have precluded some organisations with capability in this area from participating in the RFI. Particularly SMEs without existing security clearance, and publicly funded research organisations likewise currently lacking this accreditation or otherwise may have thought that the scope of the technology was not in their realm.
Electronic warfare covers a broad range of R&D areas and as such the Commonwealth is interested in exploring and connecting with others who may not currently comply with the original RFI’s participation criteria. To this end we are seeking expressions of interest from researchers and SMEs whose technical competences they believe align with the scope summary.
The Defence Innovation Partnership will be collating responses from South Australian organisations. Please send EOIs to: email@example.com
Lockheed Martin Australia - Future Submarine Combat System Program
Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) is the combat system integrator for Australia's Future Submarine Program, partnering with the Department of Defence and Naval Group to design and integrate the combat system for the future fleet.
Through the Industry Capability Network (ICN) LMA invites companies to register their interest in participating in the Combat System Program for consideration to receive Request for Quotation for systems and subsystems as detailed below.
- Integration of SATCOM bearers in a single antenna payload
- Console design in-line with and beyond state-of-the-art currently developed for ships
- Innovative ways to manage cables
- Feasibility of small form-factor multi-function ESA for Electronic Support and Comms
- Instantaneous 360 video – Miniaturisation of optical bench
- Methods for improving cyber resilience of container orchestration environments
For more information download the brochure here.
Applications Close: Monday 13 July 2020
2020 Call for Expressions of Interest: Operations Research (OR) Collaboration
DST Group undertakes rigorous, scientifically based analysis of Defence operations and capabilities to provide independent, impartial and timely advice.
Our Mission is to develop and employ trusted analytical methods and decision support tools that give Defence and national security decision superiority across all aspects of force design, operational planning, command and control, and support to the Australian Defence Force on operations. DST Group and the state-based innovation networks are launching a call to academia to collaborate on a number of Defence OR topics through the Operations Research Network (ORnet).
The intention is that projects will run for a period of up to 12 months commencing in August 2020. Individual project proposals can indicate work up to $100K. There will be an expectation of an in-kind contribution in the successful proposal.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 10 July 2020.
For further information please refer to
The Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative
The Defence Innovation Parntership is pleased to advise of a new Australia-wide program launching soon: The Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative.
The Initiative is a national program formulated to inspire solutions from individuals that will grow Australia’s Artificial Intelligence capability and foster a national network focused on developing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology of significant importance to the Australian defence and national security community.
A wide variety of problems are available covering:
- Natural language - corpus analysis, narrative generation and sentiment analysis;
- Data for machine learning – bias detection and obfuscation of intent on collection;
- Robust analysis and inference using AI techniques;
- The ability to produce contextually appropriate explanations of machine reasoning; and
- A number of abstract problems based on interesting dilemmas that capture features beyond the edge of what AI can easily do.
The Initiative will provide three-month project funding of up to $20,000 for each successful applicant.
Further details about the Initiative will be communicated soon.
We invite you to circulate this opportunity widely within your networks. In the meantime, you can stay in the loop by following the Defence Science Centre, Defence Science Institute, Defence Innovation Network and the Defence Innovation Partnership on Twitter and LinkedIn
Defence Innovation Hub
The Defence Innovation Hub is an initiative of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement and will invest around $640 million over the decade to 2025-26 in maturing and further developing technologies that have moved from the early science stages into the engineering and development stages of the innovation process. It is an exciting initiative that will pull together research institutions, academia, industry and innovative technologies.
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Supported by the Commonwealth Government, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is calling for Australian manufacturers to submit their project ideas, with the new $4 million Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF) to help take their concepts to the next level.
Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant
Defence-related businesses may be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence’s stated Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.
The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants aim to ensure Australian businesses have the capacity and resilience to support Defence’s most critical capabilities.
To be eligible for this grant, you must be an Australian small-to-medium sized business. Grants may be used to fund capital equipment (including specialist software and security infrastructure), design and engineering, or workforce training and accreditations. Grants range from $50,000 to $1 million and are provided on a 50:50 matched funding basis. Decisions about investment will be driven by Defence capability needs.
Innovation Connections provides small and medium sized businesses with access to expert technology advice to address technology and knowledge gaps, and collaborate with the research sector in developing new ideas with commercial potential. Support includes up to $50,000 in matched funding to work on collaborative projects.
Accelerating Commercialisation provides businesses with access to expert advice and matched funding of up to $1 million to cover eligible commercialisation costs to help them to take novel products, processes and services to market.
Incubator Support - Expert-in-Residence
Incubator Support - Expert-in-Residence provides business incubators with grants of up to $100,000 to access top quality research, managerial and technical talent through incoming and outgoing secondments of national or international experts. This expertise aims to increase the capabilities of incubators and improve the chance of commercial success for start-ups in international markets.