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Defence has selected seven innovative research proposals from Australian universities and industry to develop and integrate advanced materials that will provide enhanced protection for military platforms.

Research will enable the development of new adhesives for joining high temperature structures, processes for integration and repair of different composite types, and bonding of ceramic armour for enhanced protection against bullets and missiles.

Successful proposals were submitted by the University of Southern Queensland, the University of New South Wales, RMIT University, Deakin University, CSIRO and QinetiQ Australia.

Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro said the proposals would enable Defence to solve growing scientific challenges by developing versatile new materials that will lead to improved performance and increased durability for our platforms.

Proposals were sought in response to a joint call led by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology, and the United Kingdom’s (UK) Defence and Security Accelerator.

Professor Monro said the first synchronised bilateral call between the UK and Australia was a unique approach to sourcing innovative science and technology solutions under the Small Business Innovation Research for Defence initiative.

“This process could become standard to facilitate future international calls for high-quality, impact-focused research and increased collaboration with our allies. An opportunity exists for Australia and the UK to jointly progress some of these projects to the next stage,” Professor Monro said.

A total of 70 proposals were received, 32 from Australia and 38 from the UK. The UK also selected seven, supplying funding of £562,700. The seven Australian proposals will receive $900,000 from the Next Generation Technologies Fund.