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Army Research Scheme

Army’s research areas of interest are wide ranging and include social, cultural and organisational topics. The 2021 Army Research Scheme is closed.  The 2022 Army Research Scheme will open in mid 2022.

The research outcomes sought are either journal articles (3000 to 5000 words) or stand-alone occasional papers (10,000 to 20,000 words). Army will facilitate publication of research in the Australian Army Journal or the AARC’s Occasional Paper Series in the first instance. A range of other options for disseminating research include Army’s Land Power Forum, AARC’s seminar series, and presentation at external conferences.

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

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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: 21 October 2021 - 11:04am