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Research proposals are invited from small businesses and universities to help Defence devise novel ways of integrating advanced materials onto military platforms.

The funding is part of a joint initiative between Australia’s Defence Science and Technology and the United Kingdom’s Defence and Security Accelerator to uncover innovative joining technologies that address the challenging demands of the defence environment.

The technologies may include, for example, new adhesives to improve longevity in body armour, new methods for producing graded materials, or advanced processes for integrating new joining techniques into existing structures.

Innovative joining solutions will provide enhanced capability through improved performance and increased durability.

Initial funding of up to $900,000 is available under the Next Generation Technologies Fund through the Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) program.

Applications open on 28 November 2018 and close on 1 February 2019. Both Australian and UK proposals must be submitted through DASA.