Last Updated: 22 Jun 2022

From 1 July 2022, the Defence Innovation Hub will seek submissions for innovations that will strengthen specific defence capabilities in the areas of:

  • guided weapons and explosive ordnance,
  • integrated air and missile defence, and
  • undersea warfare.

The key focus areas will be a high priority for investment and have been singled out to give industry more detailed information about specific capabilities.

The focus areas will contribute to the stimulation of innovative ideas in those areas, which are of significant strategic importance to Defence.

Along with the focus areas, industry and research organisations will also be able to submit proposals across the domains outlined in the 2020 Force Structure Plan – Information and Cyber, Maritime, Air, Space, Land and enterprise wide enabling capabilities.

Submissions made before 1 July 2022 will be evaluated based on the Hub’s existing innovation priorities, all submissions made after 1 July 2022 will be considered based on the new focus areas and operational domains.

For more information read about the specific capabilities Defence is seeking. Further information will be communicated to industry in the lead up to 1 July 2022.

Frequently asked questions

Why are the priorities changing?

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.

What happens to submissions made before 1 July?

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.

Are submissions targeting key focus areas more likely to be successful?

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.

Where can I find out more about the key focus areas?

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.

Can I resubmit a proposal that was previously unsuccessful, after 1 July 2022?

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.

I have a current contract with the Hub, how does this change impact me?

There will be no impact on current contracts.