Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Funding boost for WA-based defence research projects

    5/07/2021 2:00 PM
    • Seven defence research projects to receive almost $870,000 in funding
    • Funding provided by the Defence Science Centre's Collaborative Research Grant (CRG)
    • WA Government investing in the future of defence innovation

    Seven collaborative defence research projects based in Western Australia are set to receive a $870,000 boost from the Commonwealth and State governments.


    The projects cover a wide range of initiatives, including weapon-mounted sensors, uncrewed aerial vehicles, space-based optical communications systems, and biological warfare defence.


    Driven by collaborations from across universities, industry and government, the projects were all successful in the third funding round of the WA Defence Science Centre's (DSC) Collaborative Research Grant.


    The WA DSC was established following advocacy by the McGowan Government, after it came to office in 2017 and created a Defence Industry Portfolio.


    It receives funding from the WA Government and Defence's Next Generation Technologies Fund.


    Successful applicants demonstrated a clear link to Defence's technology-themed Next Generation Technologies Fund priorities, or the CRG round three theme of maritime maintenance and sustainment.


    Launched in 2019, the grant initiative provides seed funding, ranging from $50,000 to $150,000, and is available for collaborations between universities, industry and government that include at least one DSC-member university.


    In total, the three rounds have resulted in almost $2.5 million of funding for 18 research projects.


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


    For more information, visit https://www.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Collaboration is key to growing the defence sector in Western Australia.


    "The DSC's Collaborative Research Grant is helping build new connections between innovative small and medium enterprises and the defence research sector.


    "By investing in innovative technologies, we are helping to strengthen WA's defence industry capabilities, commercialise emerging technologies and diversify the State's economy."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600


    Project titleLead researcher
    Assessing microbiologically influenced corrosion and material deterioration at HMAS Stirling.Dr Katerina Lepkova
    Led by Curtin University in collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and Duratec Australia.
    Using weapon-mounted sensors and machine learning to determine human-weapon-system performance.Professor Iain Murray
    Led by Curtin University in collaboration with the University of Western Australia (UWA), DSTG and Nuheara.
    Enhancing space-based optical communications using infrared technology.Emeritus Professor Mervyn Lynch
    Led by Curtin University in collaboration with UWA, Aires and DSTG.
    Modelling human processing mechanisms to maximise multisensory information processing efficiency in complex decision environments.Dr Zachary Howard
    Led by UWA in collaboration with the United States Air Force, Defence and DSTG.
    Delivery of uncrewed aerial vehicle via autonomous uncrewed ground vehicle for autonomous sensing/search of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environments.Elliot Nicholls, Director
    Led by Stealth Technologies in collaboration with UWA and DSTG.
    Advanced development of therapeutics against bacterial pathogens of biowarfare concern.Dr Mitali Sarkar-Tyson
    Led by UWA in collaboration with Murdoch University, Monash University and DMTC.
    Developing innovative 'spray on' super-hydrophobic surfaces for marine antifouling applications.Dr Gérrard Eddy Jai Poinern
    Led by Murdoch University in collaboration with DSTG and Curtin University.