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Human Performance Research network

A venn diagram depicting the scientific approach to the warfighter - the overlaps between mind, body, team and tools
The science behind the warfighter

The Human Performance Research network (HPRnet, pronounced hip-er-net) was established to enhance the performance of Australia's 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 was established in 2016 through Army funding to help to address its top Human Performance research requirements and is currently supporting four year studies being conducted by seven universities from across Australia. With the funding for these studies concluding in 2020, further funding aims to support further enhancements to ADF capability and ensure the continuity of HPRnet as a community of researchers focused on delivering Human Performance outcomes for the ADF.

HPRnet brings together leading research teams from academic institutions across Australia to provide cross-disciplinary expertise to enhance the performance, physically and cognitively of military personnel. Based on a model of mutual investment and open engagement, the aim of the network is to establish an enduring partnership with, and between, the Human Performance Research community.

The ADF’s Human Performance requirements have been based on a comprehensive framework. The framework sets out four interconnected research “streams”: body; mind. tools; group. Defence seeks to focus the scientific experts within the disciplines associated with these broad streams on delivering research outcomes that would have application at specific stages of the operational lifecycle of Defence personnel; prepare; perform; recover. The HPRnet is focussed on the research questions related to the Prepare and Perform elements of the operational lifecycle; Cognitively prepared, cognitively augmented, physically prepared, physically augmented.

In addition to the traditional 4 year studies, a smaller amount of funding will be allocated to address a rolling set of 1-2 year studies targeted at more specific outcomes.

HPRnet also provides a mechanism for setting up studies funded directly by military stakeholders. DST anticipates putting out such specific calls for proposals throughout the program. 

Expansion of the network

DST and its military stakeholders are seeking to extend and expand the Human Performance Research network.

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

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

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Wednesday 20 February

The Boardroom
The Science Exchange
55 Exchange Place
Adelaide, SA

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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

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More information

For more information, contact the HPRnet Coordinator, Tom Radtke:


Telephone: 0438 999 530