Ten university projects awarded grants to boost WA defence research

  • WA Government announces 10 successful projects that will share $120,000 for Defence-relevant student-led research 
  • Defence Science Centre (DSC) Research Higher Degree Student Grants developed to encourage research in WA’s defence industry and create future jobs
  • Successful projects in areas including helicopter safety and cyber security
  • The Western Australian Government has announced the 10 university projects that will share in $120,000 of grants funding for Defence-relevant research.

    Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia offered his congratulations for the projects that will each receive funding through the second round of the Defence Science Centre (DSC) Research Higher Degree Student Grants.

    The grants support projects from DSC-member universities which include Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia working on collaborative projects relevant to the Department of Defence or undertaking defence industry placements as part of their study.

    The 10 successful projects will support Western Australian defence science capability development, and contribute to broadening the State’s defence industry.

    Projects led by PhD students will receive $15,000, while projects led by Masters students, Honours students or students in the fourth year of an engineering degree, will receive $7,500.

    The funded research projects are in areas such as helicopter safety, cyber security, and improving automation.

    The program supports capacity-building in research areas where the Commonwealth Department of Defence has an interest, and promotes new defence sector links among DSC-member universities.

    The DSC Research Higher Degree Student Grants align with the WA Government’s priority to enhance WA’s STEM workforce capability and contribute to the objectives of the WA Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan.

    For more information about the grants, visit https://www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/dsc-research-higher-degree-student-grant

    As stated by Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:

    “Supporting research into Defence-relevant technologies will help develop a future workforce with cutting-edge skills and enhance the global competitiveness of our local defence industry.

    “The 10 recipients of the DSC Research Higher Degree Student Grants represent some of WA’s brightest minds, whose work will improve the State’s defence science capabilities.

    “Not only does the funding support local students, it is also 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 WA economy.”

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