University

An image of Chief Defence Scientist, Tanya Monro speaking at a lectern
Chief Defence Scientist, Tanya Monro

In many of our research activities, DST works closely with universities to deliver technology-based solutions to Defence.

University collaboration is core to our strategy to build on our strength of being a valued advisor to government and to focus our efforts towards future Defence and national security capability.

We leverage world-class capabilities both in Australia and internationally, through strategic alliances and partnerships. Partnerships enable us to take a stronger role in integrating knowledge and best practices to deliver innovative outcomes.

Defence Science Partnerships program

The majority of Defence's engagement with universities is undertaken under the Defence Science Partnerships (DSP) program. Every public university in Australia has signed on to the DSP, making it the largest program of its kind in Australia.

The program provides a common pre-agreed framework under which Australian universities can work with Defence. It provides for all types of agreements, including:

  • Research Agreements
  • Bilateral Collaborative Project Agreements
  • Multi-Party Collaborative Project Agreements
  • Staff Secondments and Exchange Agreements
  • Centre for Advanced Defence Research Agreements
  • Academic Funding Agreements
  • Postdoc Funding Agreements
  • Infrastructure Access Agreements
  • Equipment Loan Agreements
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Defence Staff PhD Studies Agreements
  • Scholarship (No Project) Agreements
  • Scholarship (Project-based) Agreements
  • Student Participation Deed
  • Variation Agreements

An updated version of the program, DSP 2.0, came into effect on 28 April 2020, providing greater flexibility in our partnering arrangements with universities, enabling multi-party collaborations; variation agreements and bespoke security arrangements.

For more information about Defence Science Partnerships, please contact our Technology Partnerships Office.