Call for Applications
Cyber is a priority theme of the Next Generation Technologies Fund (Next Gen Tech Fund), aimed at realising the potential game changing cyber capabilities afforded by research and development in Australia. Defence recognises the need to respond to this technology opportunity, and that technological advances in the cyber domain are likely to lead to the introduction of new capabilities in our region.
Cyber seeks to leverage the vibrant cyber science, technology and innovation capability across Australia to develop technology solutions of high relevance to Defence. Through partnerships with Data61, academia and industry, Defence aims to understand the potential of cyber technologies, create prototype systems, and demonstrate the practical application of systems to Defence problems. One of the goals of cyber technologies research is to inform Defence of the potential benefits and practical limitations of cyber technologies through studies and demonstrator systems within a three to five-year timeline.
How you can be involved in the Cyber program
We are seeking submissions from academia, and other research agencies, for how you propose to contribute to the research objectives of the project descriptions detailed within this call. In order to be considered for support, submissions should:
I. Demonstrate a strong alignment to one (or more) of the Cyber areas of interest identified
II. Contain clearly articulated milestones across a 12-month project period
III. Outline how the research contributes to a forward-looking research plan (5+ years); and
IV. Detail the level of financial support required.
Submissions are sought for an initial period of 12 months duration, with funding to be tied to the achievement of agreed deliverables and milestones. Projects may be funded in future stages (i.e. beyond 12 months), subject to successful completion of Stage one deliverables and milestones.
Proposals should detail any in-kind contribution from the participant and any proposed co-funding arrangements. Current and new collaborations with Defence Science and Technology (DST) and/or Data61 are encouraged.
Cyber Technology Project Descriptions
This opportunity is open to all registered Australian Universities and Australian Publicly Funded Research Agencies.
- Successful applicants must be able to meet the milestones and timelines outlined in their submission.
- Successful applicants must enter into a Data61 University Collaboration Agreement.
- Successful applicants will enter into the appropriate contracting arrangement within 3 weeks of announcement.
Terms and Conditions
Proposals submitted will be assessed equally on the following criteria:
- Alignment to Defence strategy and the project priorities articulated in this document
- Future science criticality
- Collaboration depth (e.g. Collaboration with DST staff, Data61 staff, other universities, an industry partner, etc.)
- Delivery of outcomes (e.g. the ability of the proposal to deliver the agreed outcomes and milestones).
- Game changing potential to Defence
Please limit submissions to no more than 2000 words. Ensure that all contact details, current and potential DST, Data61 collaborators and/or research partner details are on a separate page/covering sheet. The proposals will be de-identified during the selection process to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest.
Defence and Data61 reserves the right to fund all, some or none of the proposals received under this Call for Applications.
Contracts and Intellectual Property
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Data61 University Collaboration Agreement and a subsidiary Collaborative Research Project Agreement with Data61 in order to access project funding. Data61 will enter into contracts with the lead party in each proposal.
Any IP generated as part of the projects will vest in Data61 unless otherwise agreed, and Defence will receive a license for Commonwealth purposes only.
Any Commonwealth funding contributed to the projects will be paid in accordance with successful completion of milestones and as negotiated by the parties. Where circumstances necessitate it is possible for a small payment to be made upon execution of the agreement and in accordance with Defence procurement rules.
How to Apply
Please submit via the DST portal.
Proposals are to be submitted by 4.30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), 15 August 2018. Only projects submitted via email to Cyber-NGTF@dst.defence.gov.au by the above deadline will be considered in this round.
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