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Nine new studies are to be undertaken by the Human performance Research Network (HPRnet), adding to the seven studies currently underway.

The new four-year studies have been selected from 116 responses to the call in March this year, illustrating the breadth and depth of human performance research capability in the Australian research community.

The new and existing four-year studies will be supplemented by a smaller number of shorter term studies selected through a criteria-based review process, which is ongoing.

HPRnet is already providing Army with insights of direct relevance to its ongoing drive to select, train and equip its personnel to effectively achieve their missions. DST researchers and Army stakeholders are closely involved in each of the current HPRnet topics ensuring that the knowledge gained in areas such as cognitive performance, targeted physical training and team resilience can be applied within the commands most able to exploit this knowledge.

HPRnet is expanding to include the human performance research priorities of Air Force and Navy, with an investment of a further $4 million from the Next Gen Tech Fund.

In the process it is helping to connect a community of researchers invested in applying their expertise to formulate and pursue innovative opportunities to enhance warfighter performance.