Deadline: 26 May 2017
The Australian Government’s Department of Defence Science and Technology is currently open for applications for its Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge, a unified Science and Technology (S&T) program to address the proliferation and variety of improvised threats. It underpins the Joint Counter Improvised Threats Task Force mission aimed at leading the Defence response to defeat such threats in support of current and future operations.
The challenge seeks to harness science, technology and innovation capability across Australia to develop technology solutions that enable stand-off detection and neutralisation of improvised threats without casualties in a complex joint battlespace. Stand-off is required to reduce the risk to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and civilians.
The aim of this unified S&T program is to develop technology solutions that enable stand-off detection and neutralisation of improvised threats without casualties in a complex joint battlespace.
This Grand Challenge is seeking proposals from industry, academia and government research agencies to contribute to the development of the integrated improvised threat defeat system. Specifically, proposals should address:
- improvised threat defeat concepts;
- the development of sensor and neutralisation concepts and technologies; and/or
- algorithms for signal processing, data fusion, automatic target recognition and determining response options.
Proposals are sought for funding for up to three years duration. Each project is expected to be funded in the range of $100,000 to $1,000,000 per year depending on scale, complexity and risk. Proposals should include an in-kind contribution from the participant. Collaboration with Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is encouraged, but is not a prerequisite for applications.
The invitation to submit against this call is limited to Australian universities, Australian and New Zealand industry and Australian Publicly Funded Research Agencies (PFRAs).
How to Apply
Interested applicants must submit an online application form available on the given website.
Eligible Country: Australia
For more information, please visit Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge.