Applications are now open for State Government grants to support collaborative research that will help strengthen the State’s defence industry as our economy grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Defence Science Centre grants range from $50,000 to $150,000 and are a key component of the State Government’s Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan to grow the local defence industry and create jobs.
The funding is available for collaborations with universities, industry and government to undertake research on technologies and innovations that are relevant to the defence industry.
Projects must be linked to the Department of Defence’s technology-themed Next Gen Tech Fund priorities, maritime maintenance or – for the first time this year – to reduce the cost of on-the-job training.
More information about the Collaborative Research Grants is available here.
As stated by Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:
“The Collaborative Research Grants are a central pillar of the McGowan Government’s strategy to grow the State’s defence industry and create jobs.
“I am pleased to be able to launch the second round of the grants at this time to support the defence, university and innovation sectors.
“As well as boosting innovation and helping bring emerging technologies to market the grants cultivate a long-term focus on innovation and foster ongoing collaboration between universities and industry.
“These grants are one of the ways the Defence Science Centre is delivering on its mission to connect universities and researchers with industry and Defence to build a stronger Western Australian economy.”