Do you work in the areas of diagnostics, contamination containment, threat protection modelling, AI, or wearable assistive devices? Your expertise could help Defence counter a new wave of emerging challenges.

The synthesis of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents is growing rapidly and the threat of these agents is increasing. Countering this threat will require a multidisciplinary approach relying on the intersection of range of capabilities across the physical, life, data and engineering sciences.

To support this challenge, the Defence Innovation Network is calling for capability statements from NSW universities, SMEs and Research Institutes covering the following disciplines:

  • Physical: Novel sensor technologies for low-concentration agent detection, remote and autonomous agent broad-area detection from large stand-off distances.
  • Life: Agent characterisation methods, diagnostic tools, agent neutralisation, containment and decontamination approaches.
  • Data: Sensor-data fusion, autonomy, threat prediction modelling, artificial intelligence, decision support, source localisation methods.
  • Engineering: Implantable and wearable diagnostic devices, re-configurable & multi-functional low-cost miniaturised assemblies and housings, remotely deployable platforms

The capability statements will be used to help inform the Defence Science and Technology Group about core capability residing in NSW which can be leveraged to support the “More, Together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030” and in particular the strategic priority STaR shot focused on “Operating in CBRN Environments”(OCE).

Following receipt and analysis of the capability statements, the DIN (in conjunction with the OCE STaRshot manager) will run a virtual forum where NSW academics and businesses can learn more about the Defence’s requirements in this area. There will also be the opportunity for selected participants to pitch their capability to a panel of Defence S&T experts in this area.

The closing date for submissions is: 30th July 2021.

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