NewsQDSA FundingQDSA HDR Capability Grants

The Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) is excited to announce its 2021 higher degree research (HDR) grants, the first funding of its kind to be made available from the new alliance.

Applications will open on Monday 7 June 2021 for the inaugural QDSA HDR Capability Grants which will provide financial assistance to seven Queensland higher degree research students to allow them to develop and initiate defence partnerships and for capability advancement.

QDSA Director, Professor Cara Wrigley said the QDSA HDR Capability Grants were another prime example of how the Queensland Defence Science Alliance is creating an agile ecosystem that unites academia with Defence.

“This is the first funding to be made available by QDSA and we are looking forward to seeing a range of multi-disciplinary Defence solutions formulated by seven talented Queensland research students.

“Not only will the cohort of successful applicants have financial backing but will work with a Defence sponsor appointed by QDSA and pitch their capability design and prototypes to representatives from the Australian Defence Force later in the year,” Professor Wrigley said.

Available Defence Research Funding in Queensland

Seven (7) QDSA HDR Capability Grants will be available per calendar year – one for each of QDSA’s member universities including:

  • James Cook University
  • Central Queensland University
  • Sunshine Coast University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Queensland
  • Griffith University
  • University of Southern Queensland

Research students working towards a career in Defence, Science, Innovation and Engineering are encouraged to apply for this grant.

A total of $20,000 in funding will be paid to each successful candidate over a three-month period.

There is also an additional $5,000 for equipment costs and prototyping during the project.

Each candidate will have to translate their HDR research findings into a capability demonstrator for the ADF during the three-month timeframe.

Following this, there will be a final pitch presentation where successful candidates will unveil their capability designs to ADF representatives.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an enrolled higher degree research (HDR) student at a QDSA Member university.
  • Must be at a point in candidature to translate HDR findings into Defence capability
  • A letter of support from their principal supervisor must be obtained and provided in the application.
  • The student must also be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (for security reasons).

HDR Grant Criteria

The QDSA will focus on the following criteria when determining grant recipients:

For full details on the 2021 QDSA HDR Capability Grants, please click here.

How to apply for the HDR Capability Grant

To apply for the HDR Capability Grant, you will need to download and complete the application form here.

In your submission, you’ll also need to include a letter of support from your Principal Supervisor and your current CV.

If you require further information, please contact the QDSA here or calling 0421 870 706.

Established in 2021, the Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) is a university-led initiative committed to creating an agile ecosystem that enhances Queensland’s capability pipeline to rapidly translate ideas into reality within the Defence enterprise.

Bringing together the sharpest multi-disciplinary minds across seven leading Queensland Universities, industry partners, government and Defence, the QDSA focusses on sovereign collaboration and innovation to accelerate Defence’s capability edge.

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