Defence Innovation Network will invest $1 million to develop two cutting-edge prototypes in CBRN and underwater communication. The identified topics are selected in collaboration with Defence and industry partners and align with the Defence priorities.



The Strategic Investment Initiative aims to deliver prototypes within a 12-18 month timeframe, suitable for a ‘demonstration’ of the new capability of the integrated system.
The creation of such prototypes is expected to enable a more straightforward commercialisation pathway, draw attention and interest from Defence and other companies and facilitate significant domestic investment through, for example, the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator.


Project proposals should be scoped within the following topics:


Lead organisation

Proposals must demonstrate multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration. Projects must be led by DIN University with substantive inputs from at minimum two DIN universities in total.

Project teams may include Australian businesses and non-DIN member university researchers.

Individual researchers

All project participants must be citizens of the Five Eyes Alliance (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States) or NATO member countries.

Citizens of countries not covered by the named treaties are subject to approval by the DIN.

Selection criteria

  • Vision, Ambition & Innovation
  • Leadership & Team Quality
  • Impact
  • The commitment of collaborators.

Application process

The application form is available on request at

Applicants interested in participating in the call should contact DIN to register their interest, stating the topics of their interest and potential collaborators.

DIN will be able to connect interested parties with other potential team members on request. Applicants are expected to consult with their university coordinators before submitting their application to DIN.
Completed proposals must be submitted electronically by 5 pm, 15 September 2023, to

Indicative Timeline

10-Aug-23          Call for Proposal

15 -Sep-23          Applications due date

Oct- Nov23        Expert Panel Assessment

22-Nov-23           DIN Steering Committee Approval

27-Nov-23           Successful Applicants Announced

Dec-23                Contracting

Mar-24                Project start



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