Applications open for free Innovate to Grow: Defence Victoria program


Victorian-based SMEs have been invited to apply for a free ten-week program, run by the CSIRO and focussed on increasing a company’s R&D knowledge.

Innovate to Grow: Defence Victoria is supported by the Defence Science Institute and open to companies regardless of sector, as long as they have “an idea to pursue a new type of innovation that could be relevant for the defence industry.”

“Even though we know R&D underpins innovation, it can be an expensive undertaking for businesses, as well as being risky and time consuming for those without the right guidance and support,” said Dr George Feast, Deputy Director of CSIRO’s SME Connect, in a statement.

“Through this course, we make the process less daunting for companies to navigate, so they feel empowered to pursue R&D with a research institution and ultimately have a big impact on the defence sector and company growth.”

Previous participants in the course have included companies developing “smart soldier suits”, communications programs translating foreign conversation in real time, and applying advanced materials.

Applications are open until October 3 and the program commences October 17. More information can be seen here.

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