• The agreement aims to target priority areas for the ADF.
Simon Casson
    The agreement aims to target priority areas for the ADF. Simon Casson

SA researchers have secured nearly $695,000 in funding from the Defence Innovation Partnership to collaborate on defence research projects.

Five research projects, aimed at enhancing the next-generation ADF across key priority areas, are being funded through the second round of the Collaborative Research Fund program.

The five funded projects include:

  • $150,000 for Human-Machine interfaces for detecting, monitoring and managing psychological stress, led by the University of Adelaide with partners the University of South Australia (UniSA), Flinders University, ElectroAutoMedics and DST;
  • $94,700 for identifying combat and combat-related stigma through the language of a deployed Australian military population, led by UniSA with the University of Adelaide, Defence Science and Technology, and The Road Home;
  • $150,000 for AI Enabling Australia’s Future Submarine, led by Acacia Systems with the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, DST and Lockheed Martin;
  • $150,000 for Miniaturised Orbital Electronic Warfare Sensor System (MOESS) Phase 1, led by DEWC Systems with partners DST, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and UniSA;
  • $150,000 for engineering, design and lab-based testing of Vehicle Health Usage Monitoring System (VHUMS) for defence vehicles, led by Dynamic Engineering Solutions with the University of Adelaide, UniSA and Flinders University.

Premier Steven Marshall said that this funding provides the opportunity to develop ground-breaking defence capabilities.

“These projects will see researchers from SA’s world-class universities collaborate with defence industry leaders from around the globe to solve some of Defence’s complex technological challenges,” Premier Marshall said.

“Defence research and development is a key priority for SA’s broader defence strategy and is critical to ensure that we maximise the full extent of the Coalition Government’s $90 billion naval ship building commitment.

“Research and development will underpin our nation’s future defence projects, and importantly, will enhance our industry capability.”

The Defence Innovation Partnership fosters collaboration across the federal and state governments, DST, industry, and SA’s three universities.

“We are extremely pleased by the robust collaborations we have seen through the Collaborative Research Fund program. As part of our charter, the Defence Innovation Partnership will work with all applicants to find pathways to continue their research and development,” Chair of the Defence Innovation Partnership Advisory Board Kim Scott said.

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