Military platforms and systems are underpinned by core cyber technologies, including software, hardware, embedded firmware, sensors, and user interfaces. The supply chain for developing and supporting cyber systems cannot guarantee the requisite security for mission critical components.
Specifically, we are interested in how commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components of varying levels of trust can be used to construct trusted and trustworthy systems. Research should focus on architectural aspects whereby increased security can be gained through the addition of small amounts of bespoke logic (software or hardware). The simplicity of the architecture, the trusted computing base, and the usability will need to be balanced against the overall cost and efficiency of any proposed research direction.
Proposals are welcomed for collaborative research projects in tools and techniques for ensuring the underpinning technologies for Defence Systems are trustworthy. Preference is for proposals that exhibit a long-term vision, coupled with tangible milestone outputs in the first 12 months.
Tangible short-term outputs that can provide mechanisms to support a high assurance platform for the secure seL4 microkernel are encouraged.
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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