Australia selects proposals to research advanced materials

4 June 2019 (Last Updated June 4th, 2019 14:44)

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has selected research proposals to develop and integrate advanced materials to enable enhanced protection for military platforms.

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has selected research proposals to develop and integrate advanced materials to enable enhanced protection for military platforms.

The DoD selected seven research proposals from Australian universities and industry firms out of the 32 proposals that were received.

Australian universities and firms whose proposals were selected include the University of Southern Queensland, the University of New South Wales, RMIT University, Deakin University, CSIRO and Qinetiq Australia.

The proposals were received in a joint call led by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group (DST), and the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and Defence and Security Accelerator.

Through the programme, the DoD aims to find solutions to growing scientific challenges.

The research project will focus on developing adhesives for joining high-temperature structures and processes for the integration and repair of different composite types.

Successful institutions and companies will also perform research related to the bonding of ceramic armour for enhanced protection against bullets and missiles.

The DoD stated that the seven successful Australian proposals will receive $900,000 from the Next Generation Technologies Fund, managed by DST.

DST chief defence scientist professor Tanya Monro said: “These proposals will enable defence to solve growing scientific challenges by developing versatile new materials that will lead to improved performance and increased durability for our platforms.”

“This process could become standard to facilitate future international calls for high-quality, impact-focused research.”

The UK received 38 research proposals as part of the joint call. Approximately £562,700 in funding will be granted to support UK research.

Monro stated that the UK-Australia bilateral call served as a unique approach to sourcing innovative science and technology solutions under Australia’s Small Business Innovation Research for Defence initiative.

Monro added: “The experience has given us valuable insight and a wider perspective on problems shared by our two countries.

“This process could become standard to facilitate future international calls for high-quality, impact-focused research and increased collaboration with our allies. An opportunity exists for Australia and the UK to jointly progress some of these projects to the next stage.”