The Defence Innovation Hub seeks submission for innovations that will strengthen Defence capability in areas of strategic importance.
Industry and research organisations can make submissions across Defence operational domains.
While submissions are welcome across Defence’s capability domains, in 2022/23, the following key focus areas will be a high investment priority for the Hub:
Read more about the specific capabilities Defence is seeking across each of the key focus areas.
Defence is seeking technologies in secure and resilient information systems, offensive and defensive electronic warfare capabilities and technologies that enhance joint command and control capabilities.
Defence is seeking technologies that could increase survivability and effectiveness of all maritime platforms, including signature management, autonomous and remotely piloted platforms, advanced environmental sensing systems and processes for crewing, and human-machine integration.
Defence is seeking technologies that could enhance situational awareness capabilities, including air defence and airborne weapons systems, electronic warfare, early warning and control capabilities, and technologies that can sense and better understand operating environments.
Defence is seeking technologies in space domain awareness, management and access to space capabilities.
Defence is seeking technologies that enhance human performance, amphibious warfare capabilities, robotics and autonomous systems, and future special operations capabilities.
Defence is seeking technologies to support the resilience and effective management of critical infrastructure, information and communications technology, logistics, science and technology and health services to ensure longer-term operations and operational ability during times where supply chains may be strained.
The Hub’s shift from the six existing innovation priorities to key focus areas and the operational domains, aims to ensure Hub investments remain responsive to the rapid rate of technological change and the shifting strategic environment. This change will help ensure the Hub can continue to target innovative ideas that will deliver capability where the Australian Defence Force need them most.
Additionally, the new approach is designed to offer more detail for industry so it has a good understanding of what Defence is looking for.
Submissions made before 1 July should align to the existing innovation priorities and will be considered based on those. Submissions made after 1 July 2022 should align with the new key focus areas or operational domains.
The key focus areas will be a high priority for investment. Defence also encourages submissions across the domains outlined in the 2020 Force Structure Plan.
You can read more detailed information about the specific capabilities under each domain as well as the key focus areas on the Defence Innovation Hub website. In the lead up to 1 July, further details will be provided about the key focus areas.
Proposals that are re-submitted will undergo the standard evaluation process. If you intend to resubmit a proposal we strongly recommend you take on all feedback provided and engage with the Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) prior to re-submitting to ensure the greatest chance of success.
There will be no impact on current contracts.