Army Research Scheme

The Australian Army’s Strategic Plans Branch is seeking service providers to undertake paid research on topics that will inform future land force development and modernisation.

Update: Deadline for submission of applications for the current round of the Army Research Scheme has been extended to 15 March 2016.

Areas of interest are wide ranging and include operational, technological, social, cultural and organisational topics. Research should inform an element or elements of an Army Modernisation Line of Effort (see Army Research and Development Plan 2014) – additional guidance can be provided by reading the Future Land Warfare Report. Researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The research outcomes sought are either articles (3000 to 5000 words) or stand alone papers (10,000 to 20,000 words). Army will facilitate publication of research in the first instance in either the Australian Army Journal or the Army Research Papers Series.

Applications for FY 2015–16 are now open and will be assessed on a continuous basis until funds are exhausted. The application package consists of:

Submissions and general enquiries can be sent to

Deadlines for submission for the 2015–16 round:

  • Expressions of interest – 14 February 2016
  • Applications – 1 March 2016.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an upper limit for funding under the Army Research Scheme?

Currently the upper limit for research funded through the Army Research Scheme is $80,000. A research scheme to fund projects of more than $80,000 is under development and a call for applications will be released when the scheme is finalised.

Is the submission of an expression of interest mandatory?

No. The expression of interest form provides a means to receive some feedback on your idea before you submit an application. However, it is not mandatory and applications can be submitted without an expression of interest.

How much money has Army budgeted in FY 2015–16 for the Army Research Scheme?

The funds allocated to the Army Research Scheme for FY 2015–16 is $500,000.

How long are research projects expected to take?

It is expected that Army will receive the contracted deliverable within 12 months of the project’s start.

Who owns the intellectual property (IP) created during research undertaken under the Army Research Scheme?

The contractor retains ownership of IP created during research undertaken under the Army Research Scheme. However, the researcher grants to the Commonwealth a royalty-free license for the IP’s use.

What form should deliverables take?

Generally, although not exclusively, deliverables should take the form of either an article or short monograph and be written to an academic standard. The Commonwealth reserves the right of first publication in either the Australian Army Journal or as an Australian Army Research Paper.

What contracts were awarded in FY 2014–15?

UNSW Canberra , Creating Intelligent Situational Awareness: Towards Human-Centred Data Mining and a Recommender System in Army Logistical Environment.

Australian National University, The application of new learning techniques to enhance and optimise individual and collective training.

Cairn Miller Institute, Improving complex decision making in Army personnel under conditions of fatigue and sleep deprivation during simulated prolonged field operations.

Edith Cowan University, Using eye-tracking and continuous heart rate to assess the Quiet Eye technique for improving marksmanship under conditions of high-anxiety.

Charles Sturt University, Understanding and countering information strategies of extremists: What can the Australian Army learn from the distributional properties of information?

University of Sydney, Review of the benefits of Hybrid Smart Power Systems over conventional fossil fuel generators in energy efficiency and reliability of deployed base power supply system.

University of Queensland, Emotional Intelligence (EI) Training Soldiers: A Pre-emptive Approach to Stress Management.

Curtin University, Stress-related growth: The role of stressor appraisals, mental toughness and proactive goal regulation.

Macquarie University, The Realities of War Project.

Ad Signa Consulting Pty Ltd, ‘The worst of both worlds: thoughts for the future through the operational analysis of urban/littoral combat.’

Griffith University, An investigation of the potential of Social Marketing as a combat tool for the ADF.

University of Sydney, A systematic review of performance enhancing biotechnological and pharmacological products for Army to improve cognitive performance and decision-making.

The value of the contracts ranged from less than $10,000 to $79,000.

What contracts were awarded in FY 2013–14?

ANU, Short War in a Perpetual Conflict: Implications of Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge for the Australian Army.

ANU, Does Culturally Sensitivity Training Reduce Prejudice and Enhance Empathy Towards the Populations of Strategically Crucial Regions.

Deakin University, An Intelligent Decision Support Tool for Resource Allocation and Risk Analysis.

Flinders University, Visualising Uncertainty as an Aid to Situation Awareness and Decision-Making.

La Trobe University, Fighting Smart: The Soldier Augmented with Personal Robots and Wearable Technologies in the 21st Century.

Macquarie University, Developing an Existential Philosophy and Practical Mindset for Army to Respond Flexibly to Disruptive Change.

Southern Cross University, Investigating the Relationship between Psychological Resilience, Effective Supervision, Work Performance and Retention of Australian Army Personnel.

University of Canberra, A Cloud Based Platform for Interworking Heterogeneous Communications Technologies to Achieve NCW Goals.

University of Melbourne, An Investigation of the Role of Simulation in Military Education and How Real-time Context Specific Guidance can Enhance the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Simulation Based Training.

University of Notre Dame, Cyberwar: Identifying Ethical Risks and Opportunities.

University of Notre Dame, Soldier Enhancement: Ethical Risks and Opportunities.

The value of the contracts ranged from less than $13,000 to $55,000.