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DSC Collaborative Research Grants to fund WA Defence studies

The Perth, WA-based Defence Science Centre has award six Collaborative Research Grants, totalling $900,000, to WA researchers. The Grants are a co-contribution between the WA Government, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and Next Generation Technology Fund.

The Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) program, now in its fifth year, received 16 applications for this round of grants. Of the top six ranked projects, three were identified as being related to potential use in AUKUS-related technologies.

An underwater messaging system, three-dimensional environmental mapping technology and on-site monitoring of copper concentrations are some of the projects funded by the CRG. Last year saw CRG funds used to build a successful prototype of an unmanned robot which can be controlled by hand gestures via Virtual Reality glasses.

“The Collaborative Research Grant continues to assist in de-risking new research and maturing innovative concepts being developed by Western Australians,” said Veterans Issues Minister Paul Papalia who is himself a former RAN Clearance Diver. “With the AUKUS partnership in effect, now is a very exciting time for WA defence researchers, as is reflected in the projects chosen for this year’s grants.”

Applicants are able to apply for grants up to $150,000 and projects are assessed against criteria for collaboration, feasibility and impact. Since 2019 the program has provided over $4 million to support defence research projects in Western Australia.

The CRG is one of the initiatives delivered by the Defence Science Centre (DSC) which aims to facilitate increased collaboration between Defence, academia and industry within WA, in providing innovative solutions for Defence and national security. The DSC is part of the Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG) ADSUN (Australian Defence Science University Network)

The full list of research supported by the DSC can be found at:

Collaborative Research Grant Recipients
Project University and Collaborators Funding
Develop onsite electrochemical monitoring of copper concentrations in effluence from cleaning navy vessels ECU


Modern Water

B3 Electronics

A novel in-plane micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) optical switching architecture for defence applications UWA


L3 Harris

Scalable Sensor Fusion for 3D Environmental Mapping Curtin



CMW Geosciences

A reliable underwater messaging system ECU



M&R Solutions

Humans in/on/out of the Loop: Making AI Decisions Human Understandable in High-Performance Situations Involving Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (DecAI) *Industry-led project*

UX Machines



Empowering the open source intelligence (OSINT) analyst through explainable models UWA



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