Through its Strategic Investment Initiative, DIN will invest $500,000 to develop a cutting-edge prototype to identify, predict and respond to grey-zone challenges in the information environment, e.g. unwanted influence operations. This call is aligned to the IW STaR Shot and is open to NSW DIN member universities as lead entities. Full terms and conditions apply. Applicants should register their interest for consideration to receive the full information pack, by writing to



The purpose of the SII is to enable multi-disciplinary research teams to produce innovative prototypes, create lasting links to the defence industry, catalyse commercialisation and additional R&D investment in NSW.

A key objective is to build capability in the State by funding collaborative research that will enable a prototype to be made within 12-24 months, suitable for a ‘demonstration’ of the new capability of the integrated system.

The Initiative is funded by the NSW Government and the Next Generation Technologies Fund.


Project proposals should be scoped only within the following topic:

  • Counter Disinformation and Malign Influence


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

Researchers and the defence industry interested in participating in the call should contact DIN to register their interest. DIN will be able to connect interested parties with other potential team members on request.
Completed proposals must be submitted electronically by 5 pm, 19 September 2022 to

Indicative Timeline

05-Aug-22          Call for Expression of Interest

19 -Sep-22          Applications close

      Oct-22          Expert Panel Assessment

18-Nov-22           DIN Steering Committee Approval

23-Nov-22           Successful Applicants Announced

     Dec-22          Contracting

      Jan-23           Project start



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