NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN) is calling for collaborative research proposals in the Resilient Multi-Mission Space STaR Shot theme. Through its Strategic Investment Initiative, DIN will invest $500,000 of research funding in developing a cutting-edge prototype for defence use.


With the recent announcement of Space being one of the priority areas for building a robust and resilient Australian Sovereign Industrial Capabilities, DIN has established the Strategic Investment Initiative (SII) focused on Space.

The purpose of the SII is to enable multi-disciplinary research teams to produce innovative prototypes, create lasting links to the defence industry, catalyse commercialisation and additional R&D investment in NSW.

A key objective is to build capability in the State by funding collaborative research that will enable a prototype to be made within 12-18 months, suitable for a ‘demonstration’ of the new capability of the integrated system.

The Initiative is funded by the NSW Government.


Project proposals should be scoped only within the following topic:


Lead organisation

Proposals must demonstrate multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration. Projects must be led by DIN university with substantive inputs from at minimum two DIN universities in total.

Project teams may include Australian businesses and non-DIN member university researchers.

Individual researchers

All project participants must be citizens of the Five Eyes Alliance (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States) or NATO member countries.

Citizens of countries not covered by the named treaties are subject to approval by the DIN.

Selection criteria

  • Vision, Ambition & Innovation
  • Leadership & Team Quality
  • Impact
  • The commitment of collaborators.

Application process

The application form is available on request at info@defenceinnovationnetwork.com.

Researchers and the defence industry interested in participating in the call should contact DIN to register their interest. DIN will be able to connect interested parties with other potential team members on request.
Completed proposals must be submitted electronically by 5 pm, 29 October 2021 to info@defenceinnovationnetwork.com.

Indicative Timeline

22-Sep-21            Call for Proposals

29-Oct-21            Applications close

11-Nov-21           Expert Panel Assessment

19-Nov-21           DIN Steering Committee Approval

22-Nov-21           Successful Applicants announced

Dec-21- Mar-22  Contracting

01-Apr-22            Project start


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