Next Generation Technologies Fund

The Next Generation Technologies Fund is a forward-looking program supporting research in emerging and future technologies.  Managed by the Defence Science and Technology Group in the Department of Defence, the fund focuses on early stage research with a view to exploring their potential application for future Defence capability. It is possible that the innovative technologies and concepts researched under the Next Generation Technologies Fund could be further developed and realised into capability through the Defence Innovation Hub.

The Next Generation Technologies Fund is more than a funding mechanism. It is a vehicle for collaboration across the innovation ecosystem. Partnering options under the Next Generation Technologies Fund allow for choice and flexibility in scale and time to delivery from longer-term, multidisciplinary research activities to more focused and rapid technology acceleration. This allows Defence to engage a range of research partners, individually or in terms, from start-ups to primes and national research organisations.

For most funding opportunities under the Next Generation Technologies Fund, a call for proposals will be issued that describes the specific requirements that need to be addressed. Unsolicited proposals cannot be considered by the Next Generation Technologies Fund. However, you can submit an unsolicited proposal to the Defence Innovation Hub.

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How research proposals are assessed and funded

Your proposal will be assessed by subject matter experts to determine its potential to deliver innovative military capability.

Proposals originally funded through the Next Generation Technologies Fund during the early research and development phase may seek future funding through the Defence Innovation Hub as the proposal matures. Generally a single proposal will not receive funding from both the Next Generation Technologies Fund and the Defence Innovation Hub at the same time.

Next Generation Technologies Fund priorities

The priority areas for the Next Generation Technologies Fund research projects are:

  1. Integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance – effective enterprise intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance integration and interoperability with our allies will provide a capability edge through superior battlespace awareness.
  2. Space capabilities – de-risking Defence's dependence on space-based systems through technical expertise and enhanced capability agility.
  3. Enhanced human performance – including enhancing soldiers' resilience and ability to interpret and use data in the battlefield.
  4. Medical countermeasure products – establishing and coordinating a national infrastructure for the rapid development of medical countermeasure products to provide effective protection of Defence personnel from a range of chemical, biological and radiological threats, pandemics and emerging infectious diseases.
  5. Multidisciplinary material sciences – investigating technological advances to reduce detection of ADF platforms and improve ballistic and shock protection. Exploring materials and processes that support advanced manufacturing.
  6. Quantum technologies – increasing the security of military and government communications and computing through strengthened encryption and exploring new types of sensors based on quantum systems.
  7. Trusted autonomous systems – researching developments in trusted autonomous systems that may have the potential to support ADF capability in the future, such as the use of autonomous vehicles for resupply.
  8. Cyber – establishing a research and development capability to address the threats presented by information and communications technology dependencies and vulnerabilities within military systems.
  9. Hypersonics – understanding the science behind hypersonic flight, including propulsion, flight dynamics, control surfaces and materials that support flight systems.
  10. Directed energy capabilities – conducting research to explore novel technologies and the basic sciences of devices to better understand and develop building blocks for future directed energy capabilities.
  11. Advanced Sensors – enabling the development of below-water and above-water sensors needed for the autonomous surveillance of the undersea environment to establish a:
    • strategic national capability in advanced piezo-electric materials
    • world-class Australian body of expertise on emerging precision magnetometry technologies
    • sovereign capability in advanced single photon detection and classification technologies in advanced single photon detection and classification technologies

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