Defence Innovation Network has partnered with APR Intern to provide local Defence businesses with a cost effective solution to tackle R&D. Under the agreement, DIN will provide 23 NSW-based companies with a $10,000 subsidy to help fill skills gaps and accelerate innovation.

A not-for-profit, the national program connects businesses with PhD students specialised in computer science, robotics, engineering and more. Over 3-6 months, businesses benefit from rapid R&D results, minimal administration and the ability to retain all IP.  

3-Month Project:

  • Full Project Cost: $20,000
  • DIN Voucher: $10,000

Net cost to industry partner: $10,000


  • Access to specialised PhD expertise
  • Used for controlled practice growth
  • Suitable for short-term skill needs
  • Eligible for R&D tax incentive


  • Short, intensive 3-6 month projects for quick implementation of results
  • Quick turnaround on the establishment
  • Responsive to changing business needs and priorities


  • IP stays with company
  • No employment requirements
  • Pre-approved contract
  • Simple and transparent model
  • Proven and trusted

 Industry eligibility 

  • Projects must have Defence relevance
  • Intern and business must be based in NSW
  • Business must be a NSW-based small-to-medium company 

Student eligibility

  • Students must be Australian citizens
  • Interns must be currently enrolled in a course in one of the DIN member  universities


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