NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN) is a university-led initiative of the NSW Government and the Defence Science and Technology Group to enhance NSW Defence industry capability through collaboration with government and academic research institutions.

Established in October 2017, and supported by seven leading universities, we focus on bringing world-class research capabilities and innovation to the defence sector.

Our role is to facilitate engagement between research groups that produce technologies of relevance to Defence, and to provide exciting, value-add collaborative business opportunities.

Our goal is to improve technology for the Defence end-user and to help boost our stakeholders interests in a $195+ billion defence market.   

Our objectives

  • Increase NSW capacity for defence R&D
  • Foster collaboration between NSW industry and universities
  • Increase NSW defence science investment through national & international defence R&D programs
  • Support Australian STEM capacity and pathways to STEM careers in defence 


Become our research partner 

We work with academics and industry experts, defence scientists and engineers to solve defence problems in areas ranging from human performance to artificial intelligence, or quantum physics to outer space.


We have experience with bringing multi-disciplinary teams together. We’ll help you to find university-based know-how and connect you with the right people.


We keep close tights with our industry and defence stakeholders. We facilitate industry-academia connections and provide advice on existing funding opportunities.


We bring innovative technologies to Defence. Get in touch with us to access world-leading capabilities at our member universities or find new industry partners.

Our team

We work together to speed up the best in Defence across New South Wales.

At DIN we work across a wide range of research areas and our team reflects and represents the diversity, expertise, and energy that we bring to the network.

DIN Steering Committee, chaired by William Hutchinson and consisting of both industry and university leaders provided guidance and oversight on the network’s direction. We also work closely with the Coordinators Group consisting of representatives of the member universities, NSW Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer and Defence NSW. 

Prof Bradley Williams

Marc West
Associate Director (DST)

William Hutchinson
Chair of Steering Committee

Lucia Kralova
Network Manager

Lincoln Parker
Business Development

Bernadette Santiago
Network Administrator




Our Partner Universities

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University of New South Wales logo
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