Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    New funding round for collaborative defence research projects

    1/02/2021 11:00 AM
    • Defence Science Centre's Collaborative Research Grant applications for round three opens
    • $50,000 to $150,000 in funding for projects that will help grow WA's defence industry
    • The first two rounds resulted in $1.6 million of funding for 11 research projects

    The Western Australian Government continues to invest in the future of defence innovation, with the Defence Science Centre's (DSC) latest funding round for collaborative research projects.


    Seed funding, ranging from $50,000 to $150,000, is available for collaborations between universities, industry and government, which include at least one DSC-member university.


    Projects must be linked to the Department of Defence's technology-themed Next Generation Technologies Fund priorities or the round three theme of maritime maintenance and sustainment.


    The DSC's Collaborative Research Grant supports the strategic goals of the State Government's Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan, which aims to grow the local defence industry and create jobs.


    Applications for round three of the Collaborative Science Grant are open until March 17.


    For more information, visit http://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-jobs-tourism-science-and-innovation/defence-science-centre-grants-programs


    Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:


    "When the McGowan Government came to office Western Australia was voiceless in the national defence space; so one of the key actions we have taken is establish a Defence Science Centre and association grants scheme.


    "We are committed to boosting innovation and emerging technologies in the defence industry, and creating more local defence jobs.


    "To date, 11 research projects have received $1.6 million in seed funding through the Defence Science Centre's Collaborative Research Grant.


    "By fostering the relationships between universities, industry and government, we are helping to strengthen WA's defence industry capabilities, commercialise emerging technologies and diversify the State's economy."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600