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.


DIN Seed Project funding scheme is a competitive program that supports collaboration between NSW-based small businesses and DIN member universities.

The DIN will provide 1:1 matched funding towards industry contribution for industry-led projects.

The key objective of DIN Seed 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.

DIN Seed Projects should demonstrate high potential to satisfy an existing or emerging Defence capability need or an existing or emerging defence industry need.


Available Funds:
Up to $50,000 matched funding per project

Project Duration:
2-12 months

Researchers from DIN member universities and NSW-based small businesses

Defence-related topics related to the Next Generation Technologies Fund

Frequency of calls:
2-3 x per year

Application process

Application for the DIN Seed Project grant is a one stage process. Proposals should be submitted to info@defenceinnovationnetwork.com by Friday 6 March 2020 using the Application Form provided.

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


All complete applications will be assessed by the Technical review Panel on a competitive basis relative to the selection criteria:

  • 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 applicants to commercialise project IP



01_DIN Seed Project – Guidelines
02_DIN Seed Project – Application Form
03_DIN Seed Project – Contract template
04_DIN Seed Project – Final Report template

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