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Defence expands future-focused human performance research

11 February 2019

Defence is seeking to extend and expand scientific research in human performance through the DST-led Human Performance Research network (HPRnet).

DST established HPRnet in 2016 with a $4 million investment over 4 years from Army. HPRnet is currently funding research by universities across Australia focused on enhancing the cognitive and physical performance and resilience of military personnel.

The performance of its people and their ability to adapt and prevail in future operational scenarios is a critical factor in building and sustaining the ADF's capability edge.

HPRnet is expanding to include the human performance priorities of Air Force and Navy with an investment of a further $4 million from the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

DST is seeking innovative proposals for future-focused research that can meaningfully address one or more of the ADF's Human Performance priorities.

These include:

  • Physical preparation
  • Physical augmentation
  • Cognitive preparation
  • Cognitive augmentation.

Successful universities could receive funding of up to $500,000 per study over four years and become members of the HPRnet research community.

Information sessions

The following free information sessions are being held around Australia for scientific researchers with Australian universities who would like to help soldiers enhance and improve their physical and cognitive performances:

Monday 18 February

Harricks Auditorium
Engineers Australia
Ground Floor
8 Thomas Street
Chatswood, NSW

Register via Eventbrite

Tuesday 19 February

Hawken Auditorium
Engineers Australia
Level 1, Engineering House
447 Upper Edward St.
Spring Hill, QLD

Register via Eventbrite

Wednesday 20 February

The Boardroom
The Science Exchange
55 Exchange Place
Adelaide, SA

Register via Eventbrite

Thursday 21 February

University of Tasmania,
Newnham Campus, TAS

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Friday 22 February

Forum and Innovation Hub
Engineers Australia
Level 31, 600 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC

Regsiter via Eventbrite

Further information

Further details are available on the HPRnet Call for study  proposals page.