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The Defence Innovation Network offers up to $200,000 of funding to support collaboration between member universities, industry and Defence. 


DIN Pilot Project funding scheme is an annual, competitive program that supports cross-discipline university collaboration in NSW.

The key objective of the DIN Pilot Projects is to conduct a rapid feasibility study on new ideas for Defence and develop these ideas into concept or technology that can attract further investment from the government or industry. Pilot Projects should demonstrate high potential to satisfy an existing or emerging Defence capability need or an existing or emerging defence industry need.

Problem statements, which serve as a basis for a call-out for proposals, are sourced from industry or Defence.


Available Funds
Up to $200,000 per project

Project Duration
6-12 months

Researchers from a minimum of 2 DIN member universities

Problems are sourced from the Defence and industry


Application for the DIN Pilot Project grant is a one stage process. Proposals should be submitted to by 5th June 2020.

All applicants are expected to communicate with their university coordinators before the submission to ensure optimum visibility and progress on their application.

Applicants are expected to get in touch with the problem originator, during the proposal drafting stage, to ensure the clarity of the objectives of the problem and alignment with end-user requirements.


All complete applications will be assessed by the DIN Technical Review Panel on a competitive basis relative to the criteria outlined in the Pilot Project Guidelines.

Timeline 2020-21

21- Apr-20                    Call for Proposals
05-Jun-20                    Applications close
26-Jun-20                     Technical Review Panel Assessment
06-Jul-20                       Result announcement
Jul-Aug-20                    Contracting
Oct-20                          Project Start

Problem Statements

1. Technology for breaching glass obstacles
2. Sensors for Military Working Dogs
3. RAUAV Systems for recognition of human voice
4. In vitro lung system
5. Mine Countermeasures


DIN Pilot Project Guidelines- 2020-21
DIN Pilot Project-Application Form-2020-21