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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 2019 is now open and proposals may be submitted through AusTender.

The Army’s research areas of interest are wide ranging and include operational, technological, social, cultural and organisational topics. For this round of the Army Research Scheme, the key topics are:

  • Question 1: How will Australia’s land forces conduct future joint land combat to win wars?
  • Question 2: What is the best use of land forces to promote Australian regional and global interests?
  • Question 3: How will social, cultural, demographic and/or economic change affect the Australian Army and its ability to defend the nation?
  • Question 4: How can Army build its intellectual capital and develop its culture to be best positioned for an ambiguous future?
  • Question 5: What are the limitations and opportunities of human machine teaming for land combat in 2030?
  • Question 6: If political warfare arises from the nature of the State and its conception of war, what are the future implications for Australia?

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.

The Applications process is administered through AusTender. Detailed conditions, draft contract and the application form can be found at the AusTender site, which will also receive applications: AUSTENDER-ARS   (


General enquiries can be sent to Army.Research [at]

The Scheme is now open for submissions, which may be made up until 4.00pm, 27 August 2019. 

The outcome of the Army Research Scheme is expected to be advised by mid-October, with contracts to be agreed by 01 December 2019. It is expected most contracts would be completed by April 2021 (16 months), although longer periods can be negotiated, especially if higher-level ethics approval is needed.

All proposals will need Defence ethics approval that 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 – between three and six months.

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 2018–2019?

    • Brady Perspectives, Seeing the wood and the trees: opportunities and challenges for Army engagement in environmental peacebuilding in the South-West Pacific.
    • Flinders University, Exploring Australian industry's capacity to support mobilisation for major war.
    • Humanitarian Advisory Group, Missions and mandates: how the Australian Army can get ahead of the curve on humanitarian civil-military coordination.
    • La Trobe University, The Australian Army's Role in Re-engaging With Fiji (2014 to the present).
    • The University of New South Wales. Toward A Trusted Autonomous Systems Offset Strategy: Examining the Options for Australia as a Middle Power.
    • University of Southern Queensland, Under conditions of major war, what do Australian Small-Medium Enterprises perceive as barriers to support Army with capacity for mobilisation?

    The value of the contracts ranged from less than $45,000 to $76,000.

    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.


    Last updated
    15 July 2019
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