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Funding to bolster South Australia’s defence research

Flinders University researchers, according to a recent report, are at the forefront of innovative new defence projects thanks to the support provided by the injection of fresh funding.

An award of almost A$ 695,000 was announced by the Defence Innovation Partnership through its second round of Collaborative Research Grants.

This is to stimulate the progression of cutting-edge defence research projects based in South Australia.

The University will be involved in four out of the five research projects that are aimed at bolstering the next generation Australian Defence Force across key priority areas.

The South Australian Premier explained that the projects will provide the opportunity to develop ground-breaking defence capabilities, thus cementing the state’s position as a hub for defence innovation.

Researchers from South Australia’s world-class universities will be collaborating with the defence industry as well as national and international partners in order to solve some of the Defence’s complex technology problems.

These collaborations will, thereby, produce a growth in the talent pool of defence researchers. These will also drive innovation.

This will enhance the industry capability ahead of the major defence projects centred in South Australia.

Since its establishment in January 2018, the Defence Innovation Partnership has made great strides in driving defence research and development collaboration across government, industry and academia.

The new round of funding serves as a powerful endorsement of the University’s valuable contributions in defence research.

The knowledge and technology that the University is fostering is providing a solid platform for growth in employment and the South Australian economy.

Through its inaugural Collaborative Research Grants program, in April of 2018, A$600,000 was provided by the Defence Innovation Partnership to support four of the University’s projects.

The Partnership fosters collaboration across the Federal Government, through Defence Science and Technology (DST), industry, the three universities in South Australia, and the South Australian Government.

The projects were a selected pool of high-quality applications that demonstrate the Defence Innovation Partnership’s success in fostering collaborative research activity.

The Partnership will work with all applicants, including those not funded, to find pathways to continue their research and development.

The five chosen projects that will receive funding are:

  1. A$ 150,000 for Human-Machine interfaces for detecting, monitoring and managing psychological stress. It will be led by the University of Adelaide with partners the University of South Australia, Flinders University, ElectroAutoMedics, and DST.
  2. A$ 150,000 for AI Enabling Australia’s Future Submarine. It will be led by Acacia Systems Pty Ltd with partners The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, DST and Lockheed Martin.
  3. A$ 150,000 for Miniaturised Orbital Electronic Warfare Sensor System (MOESS) – Phase 1. It will be led by DEWC Systems with partners DST, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.
  4. A$ 150,000 for engineering, design and lab based testing a whole of vehicle Health Usage Monitoring System (vHUMS) for defence vehicles. It will be led by the Dynamic Engineering Solution Pty Ltd with partners DST, The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University.
  5. A$ 94,700 for identifying combat and combat-related stigma through the language of a deployed Australian military population. It will be led by the University of South Australia with partners the University of Adelaide, DST, and The Road Home.
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