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We serve as a virtual front door for defence industry to connect with NSW universities.

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:


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

Our partners

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



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We talk to the end-users to identify their needs & current opportunities that are available in the defence area. We can provide advice on defence research capabilities, requirements or existing funding opportunities.
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We have experience with bringing multi-disciplinary teams together. We’ll help you to find university based know-how and connect you to the right people.

We can assist with applications for national and international grants.

On top of that we offer up to $200,000 funding through DIN Pilot Project grant scheme to support collaborative projects between industry & universities and up to $50,000 matching Seed funding for SMEs co-funded research projects.



Our team

We work together to speed up the best in Defence across NSW.

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.

We have two network directors and a steering committee consisting of both industry and university leaders to provide guidance and oversight. We also work closely with the university business development manages and coordinators and with NSW regional development and government outreach programs.


Prof Bradley Williams
Dr Helen Dorsett
Associate Director (DST)
William Hutchinson
Chair of Steering Committee
Lucia Kralova
Network Manager

Lincoln Parker
Business Development

Bernadette Santiago
Network Administrator


Our Member Universities