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Army Research Scheme

Army’s research areas of interest are wide ranging and include social, cultural and organisational topics. More detailed research questions will be provided in the information that will be released on opening the 2021 Army Research Scheme in June-July 2021.

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.

The Application process will continue to utilise an online application through AusTender.

All proposals will need ethics approval, which will require submission to the Defence Research People - Low Risk Ethics Panel 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 2019-2020?

  • Charles Sturt University, Understanding the role of properties of information in shaping violent extremism: Enhancing the cognitive base of the Army’s Intellectual Capital.
  • Polrisk, Hybrid Warfare and the Australian Army: implications and opportunities of a new strategic operating environment for the Australian Army.
  • University of Bath, From Tools to Teammates: Assessing the Implications of Human-Machine Teaming for the Australian Army out to 2030.
  • Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (ANU). ‘Owning Time’: Tempo in Army’s future land combat.
  • ThinkPlace Australia Pty Ltd, Designing adaptive strategies for ambiguous strategic environments.
  • Dr Hai Hong Nguyen, Winning by not losing – informing the future fight from Vietnam’s past conflicts in modern times.
  • Brady Perspectives, Perspective-focused Intellectual Capital Building: Locating the Australian Army in the Strategic Cultures of China and Iran.

The value of the contracts ranged from less than $16,000 to $79,000.

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.

Last updated: 31 August 2020 - 5:28am