QDSA Funding Opportunities


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QDSA Collaborative Research Grant
  • The Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) is pleased to support research collaborations aimed at accelerating new projects through to capability in key Defence priority area

    This Expression of Interest round calls for project proposals aligned with the priorities set out in the 2023 Defence Strategic Review:

    1. Northern Australia Capabilities – Improving the ADF’s ability to operate from Australia’s Northern bases.
    2. Innovative Asymmetric Technologies – Lifting our capacity to rapidly translate disruptive new technologies into ADF capability, in close partnership with Australian industry.

    The assessment of grants will follow a two-stage process. Key dates for 2023 Collaborative Research Grant are:

    • Stage 1 – Call for Expressions of Interest (closing 11th September 2023)
    • Stage 2 – Request for Detailed Proposal from shortlisted applications (to be advised)
  • Up to $250,000 (AUD) per grant. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis, subject to prioritisation against the selection criteria and available funding.

HDR Capability Grant (Merit Based)
  • The Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) is pleased to support higher degree research (HDR) students across the state to develop and initiate Defence partnerships and capability advancement. QDSA has $175,000 to be allocated to HDR Capability Grant projects. Each application will be reviewed and assessed based on individual merit, quality of application and suitability to defence priority areas. This QDSA HDR Capability Grant provides successful candidates with the opportunity and exposure to showcase their research and would suit anyone considering a career in Defence, Science, Engineering and Innovation.

  • The successful candidates will be funded for a period of three (3) months at a stipend of $20,000 (AUD) plus an additional $5,000 (AUD) for any prototyping or equipment costs required in the project.