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Seeking members for remote undersea surveillance advisory group

Defence is seeking expressions of interest from Australian universities, research organisations and industry to join a community advisory group to help guide and shape research in the area of remote undersea surveillance.

The advisory group will assist with the ongoing development, implementation and quality assurance of the research and innovation activities under the Remote Undersea Surveillance STaR Shot, a large-scale, multi-disciplinary, long-term program of research aimed at securing Australia’s maritime interests through persistent and responsive undersea situation awareness.

Call for partners

It is expected that members of the advisory group will have strong capabilities and existing research programs that could support innovation efforts in one or more of the following areas:

  • Underwater environmental sensing, modelling and forecasting;
  • Acoustic sensing and propagation;
  • Active and passive optical sensors for submerged objects;
  • Automated data processing for object detection and recognition;
  • Dynamic and robust sensor networks.

A diverse range of partners will be needed to cover the scope of the research program.

Advisory group members will contribute to the design of the program, the generation of white papers, and the development, quality assurance and evaluation of complementary programs and activities.

Essential Requirements

  • Demonstrated capability and experience in one or more of the described priority research areas; and
  • Capacity to work with Defence and other partners to co-design activities aligned with a provided mission such as: ‘unattended surveillance of a remote location’.

Desirable Requirements

DSTG is interested in fostering and building enduring relationships with appropriate partners. As such, the following will be considered desirable when assessing expressions of interest:

  • Multi-party submissions including stakeholders from across the innovation system.
  • Genuine interest in developing and growing a sovereign research capability within their organisation in a related field, and promoting an ongoing partnership with Defence;
  • Clear vision for the development of an ongoing capability;
  • Capacity to:
    • appoint an academic chair (or equivalent) to provide program oversight and set the foundation for an enduring capability driven partnership, and
    • appoint a part-time postdoctoral fellow (or equivalent); and
    • Support of their organisation(s) to undertake activities supporting the community advisory group.

How to Apply

DSTG is inviting expressions of interest from Australian universities, research organisations and industry, including small to medium enterprises. Submissions should be no longer than four (4) pages outlining relevant experience and interest in the program addressing the following:

  • A model of engagement which includes capacity and capability to establish and maintain partnering capability; and
  • The proposed expertise that they can  provide to the advisory group
  • Their understanding of the research and innovation challenges in the area of remote undersea surveillance
  • Their capabilities or current research activities are in one or more of the five priority research areas outlined above.

Submissions should be provided in pdf format and sent via email to: by 12 November 2021.

Submissions will be assessed by a panel from DSTG. Selected submissions will then be invited for discussions to further develop the advisory group.

All submissions will be handled in confidence.

Engagement Model

DSTG will engage through multi-party agreements under the Defence Science Partnering Deed for universities, or via the appropriate MOU instrument where the partners are from research organisations or industry.

Further information

More information is available in the Information Pack.

Key information

Submissions should be provided in pdf format and sent via email by 12 November 2021.

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