Ten Australian businesses have been awarded grants of up to $300,000 to develop technologies answering identified Defence capability challenges.
Grants are from the Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA), which was announced in August last year and budgeted at $36 million. It supports micro (one to four employees) and small (up to 19) businesses as part of the Next Generation Technologies (NGTF.)
The NGTF is focussed on 11 “emerging and future” themes, including cyber security, enhanced human performance, medical countermeasures, trusted autonomous systems, and integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Defence industry minister Melissa Price said the federal government was supporting “progressive, innovative” companies, who “frequently demonstrate their ability to respond to the various capability challenges identified by Defence with agility and tenacity.”
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The ten grant winners and the theme their project fits are below
|Enhanced Human Performance||Neoculi Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Medical Countermeasure Products||Regeneus Ltd||NSW|
|Enhanced Human Performance||Curve Tomorrow Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance||Vestia Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Trusted Autonomous Systems||AIM Defence||VIC|
|Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance||Daronmont Technologies||SA|
|Enhanced Human Performance||Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd||SA|
|Trusted Autonomous Systems||DEWC Systems Pty Ltd|