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Investment has been made into ten new research programs aimed at addressing the ever changing intelligence and national security landscape.

Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro yesterday announced the successful round two recipients of the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program.

“This continued initiative, jointly funded by the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) and Defence, is a key component of the National Security Science and Technology Priorities,” Professor Monro said.

“The ten successful programs represent a balanced portfolio of Research & Development (R&D) investment that includes universities from different jurisdictions across a range of research topics.

“Collectively, this will generate valuable capability and capacity in tertiary sector R&D related specifically to National Security," Professor Monro said.

Grants have been awarded to the University of Western Australia, the University of Queensland, Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, University of New South Wales, Monash University, the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney.

Projects funded include addressing vulnerabilities in Artificial Intelligence systems, investigating supply chain risks, new explosive detection methods, the development of sensing technology, secure computing, machine learning for miniature satellites and electromagnetic shielding, amongst others.

NISDRG grants administration is provided by the Australian Research Council (ARC), enabling national intelligence and security communities to systematically engage with Australian researchers.

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