The government has awarded up to $3.6 million in contracts to 12 SMEs as part of a new industry engagement initiative.
The initiative, called the Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA), was launched in August last year.
The ICERA contracts will provide $36 million over six years, funded through Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF), with the $3.6 million announced in the first round of contracts.
Six of the 22 successful ICERA contracts focused on creating 'innovative cyber security capabilities.' The other research projects cover enhanced human performance, integrated ISR, quantum technologies and advanced sensors. Two of these initial ICERA partnerships are with businesses new to Defence.
The following 12 ICERA partners will receive up to $300,000 each: Breakaway Consulting, InfoSect, Insight Via Artificial Intelligence, Jaywick Group, Mentum Systems, Spinlock Security, Critus, Quantitative, Biosensis, Fivecast, Safran Electronics & Defence Australasia, and Cryoclock.