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Army Research Scheme

The 2022 Army Research Scheme submissions are now closed.

Army’s research areas of interest are wide ranging and include social, cultural and organisational topics. The broad scope of Army’s interests is outlined in the Army Futures Research Framework.

Army Research Scheme outputs are primarily stand-alone occasional papers (up to 20,000 words), although shorter and longer papers will be considered where value-for-money is established. 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 to disseminate research includes Army’s Land Power Forum, AARC’s Seminar Series, and presentation at external Conferences.

Defence requires any research, such as through the Army Research Scheme, to undertake ethics approval, which will require, at a minimum, submission to the Defence People Research - Low Risk Ethics Panel (DPN access required).  For engagement considered high risk, submission to Department’s Defence and Veterans' Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (DDVA HREC) may be needed.

This research must be applicable to Army and must clearly address one of the following questions, offering original content and/or practical recommendations:

Question 1: How can land power achieve strategic deterrence in a coalition or self-reliance setting? What are the contributions that land forces can make to enhance Australia’s capacity to deter aggression?

Question 2: Is the planned rate of implementation for transformational changes to the ADF (force expansion, higher states of preparedness, stronger deterrence, and greater self-reliance) at a pace sufficient for the ADF to respond to further deterioration in the strategic environment?

Question 3: How, and in which ways, might the current strategic environment impact on Army’s preparedness, responsiveness and regional capacity building?

Question 4: How should the ADF, or the Army, prepare itself to scale or adjust its posture to offset unforeseen threats or respond to unanticipated contingencies?

Question 5: What future land power capabilities, relationships and processes may be best pursued through AUKUS to advance and secure Australia’s national interests?

Question 6: What can Army learn from the Russian-Ukraine conflict (2014-today), and how could this impact Army’s modernisation efforts?

Question 7: What are the characteristics of, and considerations relevant to, the relationship between the ADF, or Army, and the broader Australian community? What are the opportunities or challenges that will affect this relationship over the next decade?

General enquiries can be sent using the Army Research contact form.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an upper limit for funding under the Army Research Scheme?

The Research Scheme can offer up to $80,000 (incl GST) in exceptional circumstances for projects of a scale and quality that are judged by the Assessment Panel to represent value-for-money for Army.

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 a 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 2021–2022?

  • Curtin University, Ready and Resilient: Development of a new measure for assessing a team’s readiness to demonstrate resilience
  • Edith Cowan University, Supporting Government and ADF activities in the 'Grey Zone': Hybrid Warfare Roles and Opportunities for the Australian Army
  • Monash University, Domestic disaster response: How will climate change affect demands on Army resources?
  • University of Sydney, Geostrategic Trends and Atrocity Risk: Understanding the risk of mass atrocities in a changing global and regional context

The value of the contracts ranged from less than $25,000 to $80,000.


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Last updated: 7 September 2022 - 7:25am