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National security projects granted investment boost

Grants have been awarded to a number of academic institutions leading key national security and intelligence research projects.

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Tue, 19 Jul 2022
National security projects granted investment boost
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Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro has announced the round two recipients of the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program, aimed at addressing emerging threats in a changing national security environment.

Recipients include:

  • the University of Western Australia;
  • the University of Queensland;
  • Australian National University;
  • the University of Melbourne;
  • Macquarie University;
  • University of New South Wales;
  • Monash University;
  • the University of Sydney; and
  • the University of Technology Sydney.

The grants are expected to fund further research into:

  • addressing vulnerabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) systems;
  • investigating supply chain risks;
  • new explosive detection methods;
  • the development of sensing technology;
  • secure computing; and
  • machine learning for miniature satellites and electromagnetic shielding.

“This continued initiative, jointly funded by the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) and Defence, is a key component of the National Security Science and Technology Priorities,” Professor Monro said.

“The 10 successful programs represent a balanced portfolio of research and development (R&D) investment that includes universities from different jurisdictions across a range of research topics.

“Collectively, this will generate valuable capability and capacity in tertiary sector R&D related specifically to national security.”

The grants are administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC), tasked with enabling national intelligence and security communities to systematically engage with Australian researchers.

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