Grand challenges for safeguarding Australia

DST is establishing a number of large-scale, cross-disciplinary initiatives supporting research into defence and national security challenges of significance to Australia.

These initiatives will be high-impact and scientifically complex, involving collaboration across DST and with external partners. They will require deep scientific and technical expertise across many disciplines, and integrated and productive collaborations with industry, universities and government. DST is developing a strategy for supporting the Grand Challenges through a program of external engagement. 

Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge

The first Grand Challenge is the Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge. This Grand 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.

The Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge is now calling for proposals.

Want to know more?

Find out more and apply here.

Attend one of our information sessions:

Canberra 4 May 2017 10:00 am
Adelaide 8 May 2017 10:00 am
Melbourne 9 May 2017 10:00 am
Sydney 09 May 2017  1:00 pm 
Brisbane  10 May 2017 10:00 am
Perth 10 May 2017 10:00 am




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Key information


Dr Roger Neill, Research Leader

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