Introduction

On 13 October 2020 the Office of National Intelligence and the Department of Defence announced the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program.

The NISDRG program supports excellent research that deepens understanding of emerging science and technology and addresses intelligence and national security interests. The grants program will facilitate innovation and develop national security and intelligence capacity. It will also enable Australia’s National Intelligence and Security Communities to systematically engage with Australia’s research and technology community.

The NISDRG program provides support to research that aligns with the priority research areas identified by the Australian Government. These research areas are outlined in the Intelligence Challenges and the National Security Challenges developed under the broad National Security Science and Technology Priorities.

Current Round

Applications for the NISDRG Program are now open.

The Intelligence Challenges and the National Security Challenges have been developed under the broad National Security Science and Technology Priorities. The Challenges are priority research areas which will be updated from round to round.

The Intelligence Challenges for the NISDRG program for funding commencing in 2021 are:

  • Covert collection challenges
  • Space-based challenges
  • Identity management challenges
  • Emerging biological and material science exploitation challenges
  • Cyber security, protective security and offensive cyber challenges
  • Human behaviour and influence challenges
  • Data-driven and real-time analytical challenges
  • Situation awareness and multi-source assessment

The National Security Challenges for the NISDRG program for funding commencing in 2021 are:

  • Influence in the Pacific
  • Resilient Supply Chains
  • Disinformation Detection and Counter Narratives
  • Detection for 2040
  • Human Identification and Vulnerability Assessments
  • Analysis and decision support for 2040
  • AI/ML for Investigative Support and Forensics Science
  • Robust Consequence management improving Australia’s responses to, and recovery from, disasters and emergencies

Key Dates for NISDRG Program 

Release of Grant Guidelines: 13 October 2020
Applications Open: 27 October 2020
Request Not to Assess Close: 2 December 2020
Applications Close: 16 December 2020
Rejoinders: 4 February 2021 to 17 February 2021
Anticipated Announcement: Mid 2021

Please contact nisdrg@arc.gov.au should you have any questions.

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