Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) is inviting research proposals from small businesses and universities to help the department of defence devise novel ways of integrating advanced materials onto military platforms.
DST and the United Kingdom’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) are collaborating on research to find innovative joining technologies that will provide Defence in both countries with enhanced capability through improved performance and increased durability.
The technologies may include new adhesives to improve longevity in body armour, new methods for producing graded material, or advanced processes for integrating new joining techniques into existing structures, according to the DST announcement.
The initiative is part of the Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) program – a Defence innovation initiative that seeks to encourage innovators to develop breakthrough technologies for the Australian Defence Force.
The SBIRD program is managed through the Next Generation Technologies Fund.
Interested applicants can attend an information session on Wednesday 28 November in central Melbourne to find out more about the call as well as meet the SBIRD team, technical experts from DST, front-line users and potential collaborators.
Applications for the proposals will open on 28 November, 2018 and close on 1 February, 2019.