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Army Research Scheme

The Australian Army Research Centre is seeking service providers to undertake paid research on topics to inform future land force development and modernisation. The Army Research Scheme funding round for 2018 is now open and proposals may be submitted through AusTender.
8 August 2018

Army’s research areas of interest are wide ranging and include operational, technological, social, cultural and organisational topics. These topics will be detailed in the Army Strategic Futures Agenda that will be released as part of the Army Research Scheme in future. For this round of the Army Research Scheme, the key topics are:

  • Question 1: What is Australian industry’s capacity to support mobilisation for major war?
  • Question 2: How will Australia’s land forces conduct Joint Land Combat to win wars?
  • Question 3: What are the future strategic partnership options for Australia?
  • Question 4: Can a middle power have an offset strategy?
  • Question 5: How can the joint land force contribute to operations less than war in an age of constant competition?

The research outcomes sought are either articles (3,000 to 5,000 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.

This year the Applications process has changed to an online application through AusTender. Detailed conditions, draft contract and the application form can be found at the AusTender site, which will also receive applications.

General enquiries can be sent to army.research [at] defence.gov.au (army.research [at] defence.gov.au)

The Scheme is now open for submissions, which may be made up until 2.00pm, 11 September 2018.  The outcome of the Army Research Scheme is expected to be advised by mid-October, with contracts to be agreed by 01 December 2018. It is expected most contracts would be completed by November 2019 (12 months), although longer periods can be negotiated, especially if higher-level ethics approval is needed.

All proposals will need ethics approval, which will require submission to the Defence Research People - Low Risk Ethics Panel at a minimum.  For engagement beyond interviews, submission to Department’s Defence and Veterans' Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (DDVA HREC) may be needed. Appropriate time should be factored in proposals for ethics approval.

Frequently asked questions

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

The upper limit for research funded through the Army Research Scheme is $80,000 (incl GST).

How much money has Army budgeted for the Army Research Scheme?

The funds allocated to this round of the Army Research Scheme will be advised later.

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. It is recognised that projects that require higher ethics clearance may take longer and all projects now require a minimum of Low Risk clearance.

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 2017-2018?

  • Brady Perspectives, Aiding the civil authority: What is the potential for and implications of broader Army role in domestic counter terrorism?
  • Deakin University, Intelligent online failure modes prediction using vehicle health and usage monitoring system (VHUMS) data
  • Flinders University, Beating the separation cycle – Smart retention strategies for the Australian Army
  • KMS4D, Learning and Adaptation within the Australian Army: meeting future challenges and managing global uncertainty
  • Macquarie University, Rapid and targeted training of Australian soldiers to reduce injury and improve performance during load carriage.
  • Monash University, Moral Militaries: ethics of using bio-enhancement and autonomous robotic systems to promote moral behaviours in soldiers
  • Queensland University of Technology, Identifying WW2 Soldiers using the Y-Chromosome and ear wax gene
  • RMIT University, Transitioning from military to civilian employment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Challenges, opportunities and effective strategies
  • Speed of Life Coaching, How should strategic thinkers be developed in the Army?
  • University of Notre Dame, Time for an expanded scope for Dental Officers in determining combat fitness.
  • University of South Australia, More data is never enough: Finding the operational limits of spherical vision for enhanced battlefield awareness
  • University of Technology, An Investigation of Micro Robot localisation and communication for military applications
  • UNSW (ADFA), Cyber Attacks on the Defence Supply Chain
  • Wounded Spirit, The causes, symptoms and treatment of spiritual wounds suffered by Australian Army Personnel

The value of the contracts ranged from less than $5,000 to $72,000.

What contracts were awarded in FY 2016-2017?

  • Ad Signa Consulting, “The Spark in the Breast,” The form and function of headquarters in future operating environment.
  • Australian National University, How can Army reduce prejudice and foster empathy towards the populations of strategically critical regions
  • CSIRO, Thermo-electric materials & 3D additive manufacturing: less diesel, more electrical power.
  • Frazer-Nash Consultancy, A model based system engineering framework to support planning decisions in the powering of remote deployable bases.
  • Griffith University, Development of an Army-specific concept for identifying Australian soldiers’ remains using advanced DNA processes.
  • Griffith University, Improved transport and preservation for DNA samples collected in combat environments for human identification.
  • Macquarie University, A mechanism for enhancing mental fitness as a consequence of stressor exposure: Exploring the role of systematic reflection.
  • Monash University, Social Media as a force multiplier, A Study of Military Best Practice.
  • Strategy International, Emerging Weapons Technologies: Political, Ethical and Legal Dilemmas for the Australian Army.
  • University of New South Wales, Operational Contractor Support: Conceptual and doctrinal considerations for the Australian Army in future contingency and expeditionary operations.
  • University of Sunshine Coast, New Horizons: Antarctica in the 21st Century: Implications for Australian Defence Policy.

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 $5,000 to $80,00

Last updated
13 August 2018
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