DSI Grants

The DSI provides grants to support collaborative defence-relevant research and research related activities. Grants are open for application at regular intervals. The grants schemes are described in brief below, with further information available upon request.

Further information on the previous round of grants is available here.



Grants_Collaborative ResearchDSI Collaborative Research Grants

The Defence Science Institute (DSI) is pleased to call for submissions to its 2019 Collaborative Research Grant Scheme.  The technology theme for this round of grants is

“Shipyard 4.0 Enabling Research”

DSI’s Collaborative Research Grant Round 1 -2019 will seek to fund research into enabling technologies to support Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding program through the Shipyard 4.0 environment.  Specifically research in the following areas with an Industry 4.0 low volume, high cost, highly customisable product focus are considered applicable:

  • Virtual and augmented reality (cyber-physical connection, HMI)
  • Big data and analytics
  • Ubiquitous connectivity and IoT (including cyber-security, sensors)
  • Digital twin
  • Secure cloud
  • Production automation (including robotics for limited access areas, unmanned vehicles for dimensional inspection, simulation and planning)

Applications will be assessed on described applicability to Shipyard 4.0.  Assessment will be undertaken by subject matter experts from DST and other agencies external to DSI.

Submissions are invited by university researchers for proposed collaborative research projects aligning with the specified technology theme. Up to $50,000 is available to support collaborative defence-relevant research that either leverages existing funding from other sources or potentially leads to larger projects funded from elsewhere. The funding will be awarded to the organisation of the lead investigator, which must be:

  1. a formal Participant University in the DSI; or
  2. an Australian university collaborating with a Victorian-based Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) where an SME employee is named as a co-investigator.

Applications naming a Defence or industry co-investigator will be weighted favourably.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and must meet the specific criteria outlined in the Information for Applicants document.  The DSI makes no provision to accept or to fully fund every proposal submitted to the Grant scheme. The DSI reserves the right to reject proposals without consideration.

Key dates:

  • Application portal opens for submissions on 14th June 2019
  • Close of submissions COB on 1st July, 2019
  • Announcement of successful grants late July 2019.

Only those applications submitted via the webform before COB on 1st July, 2019 will be considered in this round.  Please direct any questions to Ship4CRG19@defencescienceinstitute.com 

Reference Documents

Grants_RHDDSI RHD Student Grants

The Defence Science Institute’s Research Higher Degree (RHD) Student Grant Scheme provides funding to support postgraduate research students undertaking research projects consistent with the Institute’s technology themes.It helps to

  • Support capability development and capacity building in research areas where Defence has an interest;
  • Facilitate defence-relevant research engagement between universities, industry, DST Group, Defence and/or research organisations

by providing stipend support for students undertaking their research higher degree on defence-related projects and/or Defence-industry placements as part of their study.

RHD Student Grants can be used to support any student working on a project that meets the defined criteria. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

To apply online – click HERE.

Other useful information for download


  • Grants_Intern Placement

DSI-APR Intern (Industry) Voucher

DSI has partnered with APR Intern to operate the DSI Industry Internship Program. The Program is administered as a stream of the APR.Intern Program, focused on defence related industry. Under the APR.Intern Program, DSI will provide supplementary funding of $10,000 before GST towards the costs of the internship, covering the Academic Mentor and Project Management costs.   For further information, see the APR Intern’s website https://aprintern.org.au/dsi/