Grand challenges for safeguarding Australia
DST has established a number of large-scale, cross-disciplinary initiatives supporting research into defence and national security challenges of significance to Australia.
The Grand Challenges program is one of the largest initiatives under the Next Generation Technologies Fund. These initiatives are high-impact and scientifically complex, involving collaboration across DST and with external partners.
They require deep scientific and technical expertise across many disciplines, and integrated and productive collaborations with industry, universities and government.
The first Grand Challenge was to Counter Improvised Threats. After a strong response from industry and academia and a rigorous evaluation process, more than 20 organisations are collaborating on developing prototypes of a threat detection and defeat system, over the next 4 years.
- Consilium Technology
- DefendTex Pty Ltd
- Flinders University
- L3 Micreo
- Lockheed Martin Australia
- Midspar Systems
- Panorama Synergy
- Queensland University of Technology
- RFteq Pty Ltd
- Scientific Aerospace
- Tectonica Australia Pty Ltd
- Teledyne Defence Australia
- Textron Systems
- University of Adelaide
- University of Melbourne
- University of Queensland
- University of South Australia
- University of Western Australia
- University of Wollongong
The topic of the second Grand Challenge is expected to be announced early this year. All Grand Challenges will be aligned with the nine priority areas of the Next Gen Tech Fund as determined by the Defence White Paper 2016.