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Research grants to address intelligence and national security threats

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A new research grants program is set to boost innovation and assist in developing national security and intelligence capacity within Australian universities.

The $18 million National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program is funded by Defence (through its National Security Science and Technology Centre), and the Office of National Intelligence. The program aims to support research that deepens the understanding of emerging science and technology and addresses intelligence, and national security threats.

Through the program, national intelligence and security organisations will engage with researchers to enable Australia’s greatest minds to work together on current important intelligence and security challenges.

The grants will support research that is aligned with priorities identified by the Australian Government in relation to the Intelligence Challenges and National Security Challenges.

It is anticipated the NISDRG program will fund around 12 research grants between $400,000 and $600,000 per grant, for a period of up to three years.

Applications will be managed by the Australian Research Council (ARC) on behalf of the Office of National Intelligence and Defence. The ARC has long-standing experience in the allocation of research grants through competitive peer review processes.

Applications for the research grants program will open on 27 October 2020 and will close on 16 December 2020.

Source: Department of Defence

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