DIN is calling for proposals from small businesses to work with university partners to accelerate the development of technology concepts that can bring innovative solutions to Defence. Up to $50,000 in matched funding will be available to companies to work with NSW universities.



  • Accelerate the development of your next innovation
  • Access to world-leading R&D capabilities and facilities at major universities
  • Alignment of university R&D to your needs


Proposals should be submitted to info@defenceinnovationnetwork.com/din, by the due date 15 Nov 2019 using the template provided.



The purpose of the DIN Seed Projects is to grow defence industry capability within NSW. DIN support for Seed Projects is based on a co-investment model, where Seed funding of up to $50,000 per project will be made available on a competitive basis and will require a commitment of matching funds from the industry partner.

Proposals should be co-developed by industry and one or more DIN university research teams, with the Defence small business as a lead applicant. DIN can assist to locate such expertise among our member universities, on request.

Projects should be scoped to deliver outcomes within 2-12 months. To ensure substantive progress towards realistic goals, projects may be aimed towards a long-term program of research that will be well-placed for future funding initiatives.


To be successful, industry proposals for Seed Projects must meet the DIN’s selection criteria below. Areas deemed to have the greatest potential for Defence innovation fall into the Next Generation Technologies Fund portfolio.

  • Identified need in Defence (technology or capability)
  • Novelty and potential to become world-leading
  • Technical / Scientific Merits, Scientific and Technical Risk, Best Collaborative Team
  • Potential for impact and implementation pathway
  • Capacity and capability of the SME to commercialise project IP



It is recognised that each project and its IP requirements will be dealt with on a case by case basis. In general, IP management in DIN co-funded projects will be broadly aligned with the IP policies of the Defence Innovation Hub. In general, Project IP will be owned and managed by companies contributing to the project

To facilitate IP management and commercialisation, project-specific non-disclosure agreements, licence term sheets regarding background IP, and foreground IP arrangements will be executed and retained by the DIN and the participating DIN members.


We will notify you of the outcome of your application within 5 business days of the Technical Review Panel decision.

For successful proposals, research contracts will be drawn up between Industry and University and between University and the Defence Innovation Network. Individual universities will be requested to liaise directly with their industry partners to discuss research contracting and management. All contracts must be signed within 30 days of receipt of draft contracts.

Funds from the Defence Innovation Network will be paid to the university partner following the execution of the contracts. Likewise, matching cash contribution from the industry partner must be transferred to the university partner.


01_DIN Seed Project Guidelines
02_DIN Seed Project-ApplicationForm
03_ DIN Seed Project_Contract template
04_DIN Seed Project – Final Report template

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