Activating South Australia’s Defence Innovation Ecosystem

The Defence Innovation Partnership, in collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Group, is proud to launch the new Activator Fund.

The Activator Fund will build on South Australia’s research and development strengths and aligns with the undersea warfare and trusted autonomy priorities of the Defence Innovation, Science and Technology program. It aims to enable more rapid transition of technology developments into operational Defence capabilities.

The first Activator Fund theme is Remote Undersea Surveillance Data Processing, Analysis and Networking. This project will advance novel approaches to support development of an undersea situational awareness picture from sensor data. The focus is on autonomous sensor processing, collaborative sensing, distributed sensor networks and mission planning.

Proposals will be sought from consortia led by South Australian universities and industry and involving Department of Defence partners and other national and international partners. Up to $1.6 million will be available from the Activator Fund for the first theme, and successful applicants will be required to provide matching co-contributions.

The objectives of this theme are:

  • Enable larger-scale research, development, and innovation activities that have benefit for the South Australian economy
  • Leverage existing South Australian R&D, innovation, and industrial strengths
  • Build new South Australian R&D, Innovation, and industrial strengths in areas of strategic interest
  • Establish partnerships with leading researchers and innovators nationally and internationally
  • Develop and apply transferable novel research to defence and adjacent sectors, by enabling more rapid transition of technology developments into operational capabilities

Expectations and key considerations for this theme are:

  • Close alignment with the challenges and scope outlined in the Briefing Documents
  • Support and involvement from Australian Department of Defence
  • Strong collaborative team delivering a larger-scale project. While there is no minimum grant amount specified, preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate ability to build scale in research and development in South Australia. It is likely that only a small number of larger projects will be funded (potentially one or two).
  • Benefit for South Australia

The Activator Fund is now closed for applications.