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Please be advised that in the interests of applicants and not impeding the timely submission of proposals (as per the Conditions of Participation Clause 6.2), the NGTF cannot address questions received into the inbox after 1700 AESDT Tuesday 15th September 2020. An additional two days has been granted for query submissions and reflected in the updated Conditions of Participation. Please refer to the FAQ and Noticeboard page for additional information on the ICERA initiative.

Any emails relating to issues with the submission process and account registration type problems (Clause 8.1 of the Conditions of Participation) will still be resolved.


The Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) would like to advise prospective applicants that due to an oversight there has been a change to the Conditions of Participation.

The NGTF will now consider proposals up to a value of AUD $300,000 (excluding GST). This is an increase on the previously advertised AUD $250,000 (excluding GST) on the DST portal. The AUD $300,000 is now consistent with the Minister for Defence Industry media release.

If you have any questions or concerns please direct your query to

Can attachments, images and diagrams be uploaded as part of the ICERA application process?

Added 16 September, 2020 @ 9:30AM

Due to COVID -19 restrictions in some States people are required to work from home, to ease the application and evaluation processes we have not enabled attachments as an option for submission in this ICERA round.

How do the Tier 2 Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Problem Statements relate to the globally recognised definition of MCM?

Added 14 September, 2020 @ 9:15AM

A Medical Countermeasure (MCM) is a vaccine, therapeutic and diagnostic against a chemical, biological or radiological threat, emerging infectious disease or pandemic. Although the specific problems and the desired outcomes identified in the problem statements are not MCMs ,they are related technologies that will inform MCM development.

Can universities, Defence industry and other research organisations participate in ICERA?

Added 25 August, 2020 @ 11:30AM

Additional partners may participate provided they are recognised as such in the application and enter into a subcontract with the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) project lead.

ICERA is a SME led initiative, meaning proposals must be submitted by an eligible SME. The SME will be responsible for leading the project and delivering outcomes, including reporting on milestones. The NGTF Research Contract will be entered into by the lead SME business and Defence.

Collaboration with other entities, including research organisations such as universities, will be permitted provided it can be managed in a safe and responsible manner, and within COVID-19 related rules and guidelines. These collaborative arrangements need to be managed as subcontracts, Defence will not provide the subcontract and will not partake in negotiations."

What is the Australian Defence Science and University Network (ADSUN)?

ADSUN is a not yet formalised term for State based entities that interact with universities, Defence and Defence industry to facilitate Defence related research outcomes. They are a good starting point for access to university research teams.

The contact details for each entity is as follows: