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DST and the Future Submarine Project are seeking to establish the Research Network for Undersea Decision Superiority (the ‘Network’) to build world class research capabilities and capacities in Australian partner universities and leverage the significant skills, expertise, networks and infrastructure of Australia’s research base for sovereign benefit.

This initiative focuses on the human element in undersea decision making and will provide a mechanism to fund and oversee research projects that lead to improved decision making in the context of future submarine operations.

The RN-UDS ilaunced on 25 February 2019, with a call for expressions of interest for Network Membership from any Australian university that is a signatory to the Defence Science Partnering Deed (DSPD).  We are also releasing the Network’s Strategic Investment Plan, which is the result of an extension consultation process with Defence and university contacts.

Network Members will be required to sign a Deed of Accession to the Network Agreement and will be required to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the Network.

Academics from Network Members will be able to apply directly for project funding opportunities presented by the Network. Non-Member academics, from DSPD signatory universities, are eligible to participate in projects through collaboration with Network Members through the usual subcontracting processes under the DSPD. Projects will be led by academics from Network members.

Up to $2 million per annum of funding will be available for suitable projects and other Network activities such as seminars, scholarships and administration. Membership does not guarantee project proposal funding.

The Network has three foundation university Members: Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia. Curtin University will initially act as the Network agent.

Application for Membership is via Expression of Interest and membership acceptance is at the discretion of the Network Advisory Board.  Membership will be reviewed periodically by the Network Advisory Board and new Members may be invited to join. Inactive Members may be asked to leave the Network.

The Network is governed by an Advisory Board that includes representation from DST and Network Members. An Interim Advisory Board will govern the Network for the first 12 months of operation. The Interim Advisory Board is chaired by retired submariner Steve Davies (CDRE ret) of Nova Systems, supported by independent members Dr Margaret Law (Naval Group) and Pat Hall (Independent Director), DST representative Dr David Gamble, and university representatives Dr Andrew Dowse (Edith Cowan University), Pru Ayling (University of Western Australia) and Tim Walton (Curtin University).

Further information can be found on the DST website.

Enquiries can also be directed to the Project Director, or 08 9266 1588. Please submit completed Membership Expression of Interest form via email to by 25 March 2019, 17:00 Hours (WST).

Only one Network Membership Expression of Interest per university is required.

A call for Expressions of Interest for Project funding will take place in the near future for the first Network funding round in 2019.

Important Downloadable Documentation:
RN-UDS Investment Strategy.pd
RN-UDS Network Membership Expression of Interest Form.pd
RN-UDS Network Membership Information.pd
RN-UDS Strategic Investment Plan